Yukie Adams was born in Hokkaido , Japan . In 1984 she married Henry Adams (Alaskan Tlingit). Since Yukie married into an Alaskan Tlingit family and became a part of the Tlingit culture, she made a study of the native arts of the Northwest Coast and began creating designs for paintings, serigraphs, prints & drums. After she lost her husband she started to create wood carvings and mixed media. The combination of modernism and traditionalism is a unique identity of her works.