At an early age Sonja Boekhorst was drawn to drawing, but portraying Native Americans is something new in her life; at this time she is searching for her Indian roots. But her interest in Indians stems from an early age. In 1952 Sonja was born in Rotterdam from a Dutch mother and a Canadian father who was an Indian. Her mother was running a bar at that time while her father was a soldier. Shortly after her birth, he left for his tribal grounds in Canada. Although she doesn’t have any recollection of him, she’s grateful for her Indian heritage which is now apparent in her drawings. Sonja clearly has an Indian facial expression and skin colour. She has a grown-up son who is also interested in Native Americans now.