Douglas, Cory

Cory Douglas was born in Vancouver and is a Squamish Nation member with Haida and Tsimshian ancestry. Cory began his business ‘Modern Formline’ as a graphic artist and is now proficiently designing drums, tattoos, original paintings and hand engraved jewellery.

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Tomas Sewid

Thomas Sewid is as a Kwakwaka’wakw/Cree First Nation who was born in Alert Bay off northeastern Vancouver Island in 1965. He became interested in his people’s art as a boy watching the great carvers that are no longer with us creating. His father took him to the carving sheds to[…]

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Smith, Bambi

Bambi Smith has always been interested in the art form, growing up with many carvers surrounding her. She started carving under the watchful eye of well known artists Francis Horne and later studied under  Elliot Jones for 15 years. Bambi is now interested in other mediums and is going back[…]

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Khasalus, Kolton Khasaliis

Khasaliss Khasalus (Kolten Grant) was raised in the village of Xwemelch’stn (Capilano reserve) part of the Squamish Nation. His name Khasalus (or Kasa’las) refers to “walking tall” in his Kwakwaka’wakw culture.  He was born in 1992 and has been an artist his entire life.  His family is the Baker family,[…]

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Rathgeber, Jadeon

Jadeon Rathgeber is Asiniskawiyiniwak (Rocky Cree) a band member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Saskatchewan and also has lineage from Pukatawagan, Manitoba. Jadeon is of European decent from Germany and Switzerland. He was born and raised in a First Nations community in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Jadeon comes from a long line of artists, traditional language and knowledge keepers, one of them being[…]

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Shorty, Richard

Richard Shorty was born in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories, in September of 1959. Richard began drawing wildlife at the age of six. He moved to Vancouver in 1978 and began his career as a commercial artist in 1980, doing wildlife portraits. Although these were spectacularly accomplished, Richard’s work remained relatively unknown[…]

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Wasden, William

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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Jackson, Shain

Shain Jackson is Coast Salish from the community of Sechelt. He is a lawyer who has represented the interests of Aboriginal communities and organizations throughout British Columbia in relation to a broad array of issues. After years devoted to the legal profession Shain has taken a break to follow his[…]

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Baker, Fred

In 1956, Fredrick Baker was born in Squamish, British Columbia into the Coast Salish Nation. He takes the Bear as his family crest. Fred, already belonging to a family of prominent and proven northwest coast carvers, revealed that it was only natural that he began to carve as a teenager[…]

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Yelton, Jim

Jim Yelton is was born in 1957 and is of Coast Salish descent.  Jim learned his carving skills from his father Michael Yelton, an established carver, starting at the young age of twelve years old. He enjoys carving in yellow cedar and specializes in talking and rhythm sticks, totems, bowls[…]

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Asoyuf, Morgan

Morgan Asoyuf (née Green) was born March 24, 1984 in Prince Rupert BC. Morgan is Ts’msyen Eagle Clan from Lax Kwallams. Morgan has apprenticed with artists such as Richard Adkins (Haida), Henry Green (Tsm’syen), and studied under German goldsmith Gerold Mueller at the Vancouver Metal Art School. She has received[…]

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Edgar, Blossom

Born in 1971, June ‘Blossom’ Edgars lives in Masset on the island of Haida Gwaii off the northern coast of British Columbia. She is the granddaughter of Mary Swanson, an accomplished woman known for being one of the last remaining speakers and writers of the Haida language and an outstanding[…]

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Thomas, Dylan

Born in Victoria, in 1986, Qwul’thilum (Dylan Thomas) is a Coast Salish artist from the Lyackson First Nation. Dylan was exposed to the art at a young age because his family continues to participate in their culture and tradition. He has trained in jewellery design with jewellery artist Seletze, who[…]

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Thompson, Kelvin

Kelvin Thompson was born in Northern Manitoba in 1958 and is of Ojibway decent. Kelvin was adopted into the Haisla Nation after studying under Barry and Derek Wilson at the Vancouver Indian Centre in 1979. While studying at the Indian Centre, Kelvin carved a totem pole with Henry Robertson, another[…]

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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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Wilson, Barry

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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West, Karla

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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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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Wilson, Joe R

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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Thomas, Ivan

Ivan Thomas was born in Port Alberni, British Columbia, in 1973. He is a young North West Coast First Nations artist known for his intricate carving work on sterling silver and gold Jewellery. Ivan developed his skills under the watchful eye of Derek Wilson a renowned Jewellery artist. He has[…]

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West, Victor Michael

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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Thompson, Allen

Allen Thompson was born in 1962 in Ebb and Flow, Manitoba, located in the mid region of Canada. Allen is of Saulteaux descent, however he grew up influenced by northwest coast culture. Allen began carving in 1987 under the expert guidance of Derek Wilson, Henry Robertson, and his brother, Kelvin[…]

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Triebwasser, Sonia

Sonia Triebwasser is a Kwakwaka’wakw artist born September 25, 1972 in New Westminster, British Columbia. Sonia has been carving since 1994. She completed two years of Jewellery Design courses at Vancouver Community College. She primarily works in gold, silver and wood. Sonia is especially skilled in creating Jewellery with gemstones[…]

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Tallio, Marvin

Marvin Tallio was born in 1966 in Bella Bella, British Columbia. Marvin is part of the Bella Coola Nation (also known as Nuxalk) and takes the Killerwhale, Grizzly Bear and Eagle as his family crests. Marvin began carving small plaques as a youngster in 1973. In 1985, while attending the[…]

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