From Lapwai to Seattle: Sarah Gould’s Artistic Evolution

Written by on November 12, 2023

Join Noelani and Dirty Harry in a vibrant conversation as they unravel the artistic essence of Sarah Gould (she/they/he) who is a proud member of the Kamilpa Yakama/Wallowa Nimiipuu, whose journey from Lapwai, Idaho, to Goldendale, Washington, and finally to Seattle, showcases the resilience of cultural identity. A University of Washington alum, Sarah’s connection to her roots remains unbroken, transcending physical distance.

Empowered by Poetry: Sarah’s written expressions, often navigating the identity (she/they/he), serve as a powerful testament to the belief in words’ ability to heal and connect across time and space. Poetry, for Sarah, is a bridge between generations.

Visual Art as Tradition: From childhood doodles to sophisticated watercolor, gouache, and acrylic paintings, Sarah’s visual art is a celebration of tradition. Rooted in love and ancestral stories, her creations embody the rich tapestry of her cultural heritage.

“Sunlight” in the Spotlight: In 2020, Sarah’s painting, “Sunlight,” earned a well-deserved spot in the yəhaw̓ Art Exhibition.

Explore more of Sarah’s art at and catch glimpses of her life on Instagram: @native.poet.

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