Wasabi / Sharla Hausmann

Point Lay / Kaltag / Anchorage
2023 Project AwardMusic/Music Composition

2023 Project Award

Wasabi, an Iñupiaq, Koyukon and Paiute musician, will create an album of new songs. She was born and raised in the Arctic with roots in the Yukon and Southcentral Alaska. Her music acknowledges systemic violence, food insecurity and injustice, and she uses her voice to amplify these concerns. She also loves to make fun music for her people to vibe to, so they can have a good time and enjoy life’s blessings as they come. 

Wasabi will purchase instrumentals, samples and studio equipment. She will pay Iñupiaq singers and drummers who will contribute to the album and language bearers who will help translate English lyrics into Iñupiatun.  

Artwork sample

Wasabi wrote this song in 2022 about Indigenous health, systemic issues and food security.