Sweet Sage Woman
Itchik diiawakaam! It is good to see you!
Welcome to my store!
My name is Yolanda GoodVoice, I am a citizen of the Apsaalooke Nation (Crow Tribe) located in Montana. I was born and raised on the Crow Reservation. I have always been artistic, even while pursuing education in Business. My parents worked their butts off to make sure I was raised in the Crow culture of my father. I have been dancing since I was in diapers, attending and participating in Native American Church, Sweet Lodge, Sun Dance and the Catholic church since just as early. I feel blessed in so many ways by the Creator. I am a wife and a mother of 4 children.
My name Sweet Sage Woman was given to me in the Native American Church by my grandmother Frances Gardner OldDwarf. She received it from the Sundance.
For many years I was inspired to create clothing and accessories reflecting my unique culture. When an opportunity came along, I began working on my business. It was when I was finally coming out of a cloud of depression and pain. My products are designed by me to reflect the Apsaalooke's unique cultural identity.
Baaalaxíileetash (Baa-aa-la-hhee-lay-desh)"I am Fearless" is my first design. I worked and prayed over this design. It represents not only my heritage as an #Apsaalooke woman, it also represents going on with life in a #baaalaxiileetash way. Pushing and persisting after depression of life and death have nearly killed you. Stand up! Walk fearless in life!
“Baaalaxiileetash, I go barging in, fear tries to stop me, fear tries to hold me, I push it off. Flick it aside and say no! I am fearless! You have no power over me! You have no control! I am courageous, I am powerful, I will persist. I will win! “
My second design is called "I Love Me!" the design features roses, bitterroot flowers and wood sorrels. I felt that I needed to represent the floral designs of my tribe as well. I also feel its is so important for each of us to love ourselves. I have found such happiness in loving and accepting myself unconditionally. Especially after a lifetime of struggling with self worth, self esteem and overall self image. The creator created each and everyone of us. We are each unique and loved unconditionally by the Creator!