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April White

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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Barry Wilson

Barry was born at Kitamaat Village, British Columbia in 1952. He is Haisla from the Henaaksiala branch. At the age of five he began carving under the tutorage of his grandfather, Gordon Robertson, a Chief and carver, and his uncle, Henry Robertson. After graduating from school he followed in his[…]

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Derek Wilson

Derek Wilson was born in the village of Butedale on Princess Royal Island, south of Hartley Bay, British Columbia in 1950. Derek is from the Haisla nation, a transitional territory between the northern groups and the Kwakwaka’wakw. Derek first learned to carve from his uncle, Henry Robertson, in the late[…]

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Dion Williams

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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Jack Willoughby

Foremost, Jack Willoughby is an artist. His medium is metal, primarily steel, aluminum and copper. But he’s also a humourist, nature lover, storyteller and all-around family man. Hailing from California in the early 1960’s, his mother & stepdad moved the family from San Francisco to just north of the 49th[…]

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Joe R. Wilson

Joe R. Wilson was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1966. His tribal affiliation is ‘Na_mg_is from ‘Ya_lis of the Kwakwa_ka_’wakw nations. He is a grandson of the late ‘Na_mg_is Hereditary Chief K’odi U’dzistalis (Alvin Edgar Alfred). Joe began carving at the age of 21 after being inspired by[…]

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Karla West

Karla West was born in Vancouver in 1969, to Edna West and Ivor Lauten. Her native heritage and ancestry originated from the Nimpkish River. She is a member of the ‘Namgis band in Alert Bay, which is located in Kwakwaka’wakw territory. From an early age Karla has been interested and[…]

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Victor Michael West

Victor Michael West is of Tlingit, Cree and Irish ancestry and currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Victor’s life began on a Yukon trap line. Seasonally nomadic, his family travelled consistently, to and from the Yukon and Edmonton and on to Forestburg, with summers on the west coast of[…]

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William Wasden

William Wasden Jr., or Wak̕analagalis ‘The-River-Flows-Through-Him-Forever’ was born at ʼYa̱lis (Alert Bay), British Columbia on October 14, 1967. Chief T̕sesti’lela Wa’kas Simon Dick initially taught William basic art forms at a very young age.  When he was 12, he was enrolled in Chief and Master Carver Douglas Cranmer’s art classes at Alert Bay.[…]

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