Sherry Whitehair was recently interviewed by TheCelebrity.Online Magazine and below is the Q&A session we had with Sherry .
Sherry Whitehair As Cover Story Interview Feature – TheCelebrity.Online February 2023 Edition
How do you introduce yourself?
Sherry Whitehair: It really depends, growing up in Navajo Culture we introduce ourselves by our name and our four clans, to see if there is any relation to relatives and to see what families you come from. My name is Sherry Whitehair and I am Yucca Fruit (my Mothers clan), born for Bitter water (my Father’s clan), my maternal grandfathers clan is Many goats, my paternal grandfathers clan is Red running into the water. When you introduce yourself as a Navajo to Navajo, you find out if you are related through clan if any of the clans are the same, you form those relationships with your new relatives and gain a sense of connectivity.
How was the transition from your childhood into adulthood/teenage and what good and bad things do you remember?
Sherry Whitehair: As a child I was able to experience two worlds, growing up my grandparents played a huge role in my up bringing. I got to see how my grandparents lived/survived on the Navajo reservation, with no running water or electricity. At the end of the day I would come home to our house in the city and have all the basic necessities that my grandparents didn’t. My parents provided a better life for myself and my siblings here in the city when I was born, so we were very fortunate to grow up in a healthy household. As a child I was taught to feed livestock, get up early before the sunrises, I learned a lot at a young age, herding sheep, feeding the horses and cows, chickens, sheep and goats.
Struggle – What hardships have you faced during your life?
Sherry Whitehair: I rarely share my personal life, the hardest obstacle I have faced in my life is almost losing my life and my daughter’s life during my 3rd pregnancy. I had an emergency C-section where my daughter had a traumatic brain injury during the delivery process. She was in the NICU for 2 and a half weeks. I was dealing with the healing of my daughter/myself and going through a separation/divorce when she was 2 weeks old.At 6 months my daughter was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. It was hard for me to process, but we reached out to therapists to get her therapy right away and had such a supportive team. I am so thankful for all the help we got, when she was born the doctors said she would most likely not be able to talk, walk, and do a lot of things on her own. Here we are now, she is 8 years old and in 2nd grade, she is walking and talking. These hardships made me stronger and more determined as a single parent of 3 girls to provide for them, I live my life for them.
What things people usually do not know about you?
Sherry Whitehair: I love art, I collect artwork. I usually try to check out art museums when I get a chance, my daughters enjoy it as well. As a child I won awards for art throughout my school years. I believe that’s where my passion for Culinary Arts stemmed from, the colorful plate-ups and food, it gets me so excited.
What make you unique from your competitors in the industry and life?
Sherry Whitehair: I think having an Indigenous background, being able to tie in my cultural roots with the culinary industry. You don’t hear of much Native American Pastry Chefs. I was lucky enough to be trained under some amazing well known Native American Chefs when I went to Culinary School in New Mexico. They inspire me and ignited this drive deep within, the passion behind these chef’s fuel and motivate me to be the best version of myself.
What are your major upcoming events?
Sherry Whitehair: I bought a food truck last year, I have yet to come up with my business plan. I have this idea of integrating native foods in with pastries. I am pretty excited about it, it takes a lot to invest in something like a food truck but I am up for the challenge. I am looking forward to what this little business will turn into.
What are your diet preference and physical measurements?
Sherry Whitehair: Recently I got my panel of bloodwork done, I am 34 years old. I saw the deficiencies in my vitamins and what hormones were out of line. I got a hold of an amazing nutritionist who helped me with supplements and whole foods to make me feel better. I looked at it as in long term, I want to live a long life, I want to see my daughters grow up. The first step is taking care of your health, I would recommend everyone to get their blood panel done, to see where your body stands. Changing your ways to live a long healthy life. I also want to be a good role model for my daughters, to see mom taking care of her health will show them that it is priority.
What expert advice would you like to share?
Sherry Whitehair: I think if it is scares you to achieve a goal you have had for a while, go for it!! You are here in this life time, the worse that could happen is not workout, but you can try and try again until your goal is met. Nothing is every impossible, if u set your mind to it, it can happen!!
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