Tsimshian

Starr, Terry

Terry Starr was born in Prince Rupert in 1952 and belongs to the Eagle clan of the Tsimshian Nation. He purchased his first set of carving knives in 1982, and although he had no formal training, he did receive guidance from Richard Hunt and Tim Paul at the B.C. Provincial[…]

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Reid, Ian

Ian Reid is an up-and-coming young artist. His ancestral name is Nusi, meaning “Full Moon.” Nusi is a Heiltsuk carver, apprenticing under Kwakwaka’wakw artist Simon “Tahnis” Dick. His creations are inspired by the cultural knowledge passed down to him from his elders. His main cultural mentor has been his great[…]

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Clifton Ridley, Alexander

Clifton Ridley is a Tsimshian artist born 1948 in the coastal village of Hartley Bay, BC to the Eagle Clan. Having been a fisherman most of his life, Ridley’s love of the sea is reflected in both his art and lifestyle. He is a graduate of the Gitanmaax School of[…]

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Oldfield, David

David Oldfield was born on June 22, 1969 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. He is a member of the Gitwilgyots Tribe of the Tsimshian Nation. David is a basket maker and cedar bark weaver who began working in these mediums in the late 1980’s. He learned this craft from his[…]

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Gray, Phillip

Philip Gray was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1983. Philip began carving in 1999 with artist Gerry Sheena. Since then, Philip has worked with artists Mike Dangeli, David Boxley, Henry Green, Lyle Campbell and Ian Reid. He also had the opportunity to study Advanced Design under acclaimed Haida artist,[…]

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Epp, Mike

Coast Tsimshian artist Mike Epp was born in Matlakatla, British Columbia in 1962. Mike is a member of the Gitksan tribe and his matrilineal clan is that of the Raven. Mike is very aware of his native culture and identity and hopes that through his artwork he is able to[…]

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Bolton, Clifford

Clifford Bolton is a master carver and well respected Tsimshian elder from Kitsumkalum Nation in northern British Columbia. Clifford began carving as a child in Post Essington, British Columbia, producing model canoes and small model totem poles. In 1976 Clifford began to produce full size canoes with Mark Point of[…]

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Burgess, Ralph

Ralph Burgess was born in 1944 to the Tsimshian Nation, at the Gitskan village of Kispiox, B.C. Ralph has always been interested in the Tsimshian art form which portrays the history of his people. He was fascinated by the great totem poles of his village and carved small ones as[…]

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Amos, Burton

Burton Amos was born on June 10th, 1963 in Kitimat, British Columbia, a port town off the northern coast. Burton is a member of the Haisla/Tsimshian nation and currently resides in Vancouver, where he works full-time as a filmmaker. He is an accomplished artist, traditional carver and poet. In his[…]

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