Marianne Nicolson (‘Tayagila’ogwa) is an artist of Scottish and Dzawada’enuxw First Nations descent. The Dzawada’enuxw People are a member tribe of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Working in a variety of media, her artistic practice engages with issues of Aboriginal histories and politics arising from a passionate involvement in cultural revitalization and sustainability. Nicolson’s training encompasses both traditional Kwakwaka’wakw forms and culture and Western European based art practice. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1996), an MFA (1999), an MA in Linguistics and Anthropology (2005) and a PhD in Linguistics, Anthropology and Art History (2013) from the University of Victoria.