Haida

White, April

April White is a direct descendant of renowned Haida artist, Charles Edenshaw. She was born on the Queen Charlotte Islands and into a culture where art through innovation is a tradition. April possessed a natural inclination to create. Although she knew art would eventually become a dominate part of her[…]

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Williams, Dion

Dion Williams was born in 1980 in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Island), British Columbia and belongs to the Raven clan. Dion’s godfather, Wayne Wilson introduced him to carving at the age of 24 and he has acquired further knowledge and training from his brother, Greg Williams, and his[…]

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Simeon, Jay

Jay Simeon was born in Fort McLeod, Alberta in 1976. He is a member of the Eagle clan of the Haida Nation. Jay began his artistic training at the age of fourteen, under the guidance of his aunt, Sharon Hitchcock. After being introduced to Andrew Williams, an argillite carver, he[…]

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Swanson, Ernest

Ernest Swanson was born in King County, Washington in 1981 and grew up on Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands) in British Columbia. He is a matrilineal descendent of Charles Edenshaw, and grandson to the late Rufus Moody. In addition to completing two design courses with Robert Davidson, Ernest has[…]

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Pollard, Dennis

Dennis Pollard was born in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii (formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands) off the north west coast of British Columbia. His family comes from the Tanuu village. His crest is Eagle and his family is the last of the Eagles of Tanuu. Dennis is the nephew of[…]

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Quist, David

David Quist was born in 1940 in Vancouver, British Columbia and is Haida/Cree. David has worked for many years creating Jewellery in the Northwest Coast Native style. He is a highly skilled metal smith. He has his own professionally equipped studio, where he able to produce extremely fine cast pieces.[…]

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Reid, Bill

Bill Reid was born in 1920 to a Haida mother and a European father. While working as a broadcaster with the CBC in Toronto in the early 1950s, he studied jewelry-making at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, and later studied classic European jewelry-making at the London School of Design. He combined European[…]

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McGuire, Jim

Jim McGuire was born in Skidegate, British Columbia in 1953. Best known for his very high quality silver and gold Jewellery, Jim has also created a number of limited edition prints. Jim’s work is contemporary but also follows traditional Haida formlines. His consistency in style and design have made him[…]

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McGuire, Pat

Pat McGuire was a descendant of the great Charles Gladstone. Pat was born in 1943 in Skidegate in the Queen Charlotte Islands. He began drawing and painting at a young age and learned a great deal about Haida art and culture through his uncle Joe Tulip. He was attracted to[…]

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Mills, Clarence

Haida artist Clarence Mills was born at Skidegate, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia in 1958. He is a member of the Eagle Clan and takes the Spirit Raven and Grizzly Bear as his crests. His grandfather Jimmy Wilson was hereditary Chief Skedans. His great-grandfather, carver Henry Young, gave him his[…]

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Larocque, Corey

Corey Larocque was born in Dawson Creek, British Columbia in July, 1982 to parents of Cree, Gitskan and Haida Nations. Inspired by the traditional and contemporary artwork of prominent Vancouver Island artists, such as Russell Smith and Rande Cook, Corey started painting and carving masks in 2004. He has worked[…]

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Forbes, Michael

Michael Forbes is a Haida artist who was born in Chilliwack, British Columbia. He grew up in Northern BC where he was immersed in native arts and culture. He descends from the Stanley family of Masset on Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands). Master carver Charles Edenshaw is one of[…]

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Hart, Jim

Jim Hart is one of the Northwest Coast’s most accomplished artists. His monumental sculptures, poles, prints, and Jewellery can be found in collections throughout the world. Bridging classical and contemporary forms, Jim’s work is valued internationally for its beauty, integrity, and innovation. In August 1999, at the Memorial Chieftainship Potlatch[…]

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Brillon, Jesse

Born in Prince Rupert, BC in 1972, Jesse began his interest in Haida Art as a boy, influenced strongly by his Haida-Cree heritage and many art books. While accompanying his grandfather on fishing excursions to the islands of Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), the mystical richness of the land unfolded[…]

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Bulpitt, Corey

Corey Bulpitt was born in 1978, in Prince Rupert, British Columbia and hails from a long line of Haida artists. Raised in Langley, British Columbia, Corey graduated from the Langley Fine Art School in 1996. Upon graduation, Corey moved to his traditional homeland, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) to apprentice[…]

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Davidson, Walter

Walter Davidson was born in Masset, British Columbia, the largest town on Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands). Through his mother’s lineage he is a descendant of the Eagle Clan, taking the Frog as his secondary crest figure, a right also inherited from his mother. He is the nephew[…]

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Dixon, Pat

Pat Dixon was born in Skidegate, a Haida community in the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia in 1938. He moved to Vancouver in 1966. Carving exclusively in Argillite, Pat Dixon has established himself as one of the preeminent Haida artists of his generation. He creates beautiful totems, Jewellery and sculpture[…]

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Edenshaw, Gwaai

Gwaai (Hluugiitgaa) is an artist from Haida Gwaii, an archipelago off of the northwest coast of Canada, and one of the few places left in this world that could still be considered wild. He is an Eagle from the Ts’aalth clan. He was born in 1977 to Jenny Nelson, an[…]

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Adkins, James

James Akins was born into the Haida Nation in Prince Rupert, British Columbia in 1963. Artist brothers Richard and Alvin deeply influenced James’ love and respect for Haida art. He is a proud Haida from the Raven Clan and was raised to respect Mother Nature and honour his rich heritage.[…]

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Adkins, Alvin

Alvin Adkins was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia in 1959. He began his career as an artist at the age of 22. Alvin is a self-taught artist who has become one of the foremost Northwest Coast artists. Over the years Alvin has been counselled by distinguished colleagues such as[…]

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Bentley, Norman

Norman Bentley was born in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii in 1968. At the age of 12 Norman began to carve in wood and explore the art of his people. At the age of 20, Norman entered Vancouver’s prestigious Toni Cavelti Jewellery Apprenticeship Program and learned a wide variety of Jewellery techniques.[…]

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