Indigenous Artisan Soap: Alice Buyck


Alice Buyck was a well respected Northern Tutchone Elder and artist who made many items found in both private and public collections. This flower design is from a pair of slippers she made for her granddaughter.

Joella has combined two of her passions: traditional First Nations beadwork and handcrafted soaps. This new unscented soap line showcases beadwork from Northern Tutchone women from the community of Mayo. Each soap includes a brief story about the artist and the traditional piece that was photographed. Some of the artwork is very old, belonging in collections of their family members, others are from more recent beadwork. The beading comes from moccasins, clothing, scissor cases and even a beautiful baby belt. Each soap shares just a snippet of this beautiful craft. There are eight different soaps, each packaged in biodegradable plastic and a reusable hand stamped bag.


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Joella Hogan is a member of the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun in Mayo, Yukon, and of the Crow Clan. She is passionate about preserving her Northern Tutchone heritage and culture. With the guidance of Elders, Joella created Na-Cho Nyäk Dun’s Heritage and Culture Department; she has led the department for the last ten years. Joella holds a deep respect for the land. She sees herself as a steward of the land and an advocate for clean water, fair trade, and the power of plants. Joella is passionate about creating products that are natural, ethical, high quality, and authentic. She finds inspiration in the land and the wonderfully creative people with whom she surrounds herself. She strives to live a simple, self-sufficient lifestyle and support other makers of “homemade things.” Joella has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Planning and a Masters of Arts in Rural and Native Development. ​ The Yukon Soaps Company is a small handcrafted soap business based out of Mayo, Yukon. Owner Joella Hogan creates soaps made of local and natural ingredients that are inspired by the Yukon landscape and her travels. Joella’s soaps have been a staple in Yukon homes for twenty years and can be found in many gift shops throughout the territory. The Indigenous Artist Soap Line features the artwork of eight local Indigenous artists. The Yukon Soaps Company recently launched a very popular Zero Waste Line featuring bulk options for customers. Visit Yukon Soaps Company at

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