Sierra comes from a family of artistic talent. Her father is Hawk Henries, a well-known musician and flute maker, and her sister is a dancer. In June, the Henries family was on Indian Island in Maine for the first Penobscot Indian Nation Pow-wow where Hawk performed and sold his handmade flutes, and Sierra sold her delicate wood-burned birch bark artwork.
The mandala-like patterns "don't have any specific meaning. They have certain energies put into each one. I see designs everywhere, from the gravel in my driveway to items in the grocery store. There are lines and circles and lines popping out everywhere and they kind of collect themselves and form the designs I do on the birch bark, although sometimes I do manage to shut my eyes and there does happen to be a new one there."
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