My Story/M’Sgeul

Ciamar a tha sibh?

Is mise Aodhàn. Tha mi nam neach-ealain agus is toil leam a bhith a’ cuideachadh.

‘S feàrr leàm a’ Ghàidhlig “ooo-ghen” ach tha Gàeilge “Ay-den” Glè Mhath cuideachd.

Dancing Men’s Traditional SLC 2022

I’m Aodhàn (Pronounced Ooo-hen in Scottish Gàidhlig and Ay-den in Irish and English) I am an artist and I want to help you. I prefer my Scottish name “Ooo-hen” but the Irish version Aiden is good too. Use whatever is easiest for you. I have been learning Gàidhlig since 2018 and I still have a long way to go. I am of mixed ancestry and I was raised participating in my Native American culture but I typically do this work from the teachings of my Celtic culture. I am Cherokee and as enrolled tribal member of the United Cherokee Aniyunwiya Nation (State recognized) I was raised in my Native American Community here in Idaho by primarily Lakota families. My mother lived here and my father in Oklahoma. I began to learn about my Celtic heritage in my early 20’s. I was born female, I am Tar-ghnèitheach or Crossed-Souled, Two-Spirit and I have transitioned to Male. Although I live a masculine life I rely on my lessons from my years as Erica, a woman, to be the man I am today, often shifting to balance both of these energies within me.

This balance helps me perform my community duties as I can do the work of both Men and Women. I have been officiating marriages since 2013 and ceremonial work since I was 12, my art started around age 9. Helping others is my passion. I have become very passionate about End of Life care because Death has surrounded me so much of my life. I was curious and wanted to learn more about death, the process of End-of-Life and what I could do to ensure that people around me have a good passing. I’ve learned what my cultures do besides a funeral home and black clothes and how to share that knowledge to better help those seeking End-Of-Life care and Life Coaching.

Treasure Valley Highland Games 2019
Combining cultures 2016

 I a background in Taxidermy and a Doctorate in Ancient Theology. My passion for life comes from my Native American and Scottish Ancestry. My charisma and unique bi-cultural background will bring a unique perspective of tribal creativity to your vigil and legacy work. From using traditional end of life songs, to ceremonially painting bodies of the Dead to prepare them for their final journey I excels in creative expression when it comes to life’s final transition. For those left behind I will find an artistic outlet to help you process grief. If your idea of end of life care is feels black and white, I will bring you a rainbow of color and culture..

“Níl cara ag cumha ach cuimhne……”

A friend mourns only a memory.

Irish Proverb.