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Each nation has been born with their spirited gifts and it’s for us to keep. There is no need to stretch our arms to touch other nations gifts or territories.
I was born on Gilford Island and I am a member of the Kwikwsutineuk – ahkwamish First Nation. I have been carving and making jewelery for over 40 years, starting in the early 1970′s with the Raven Arts Studio, established by Chief Tony Hunt Sr.
I carved cedar masks, rattles and other items for our traditional potlatch ceremonies; and then in the 1990′s my health changed and I needed to move away from carving wood to engraving jewelry. More recently, I have taken up the technique of repousse, and am creating exciting new works in this form.
I receive a great deal of inspiration every year when I take part in Tribal Journeys – an annual canoe journey that involves First Nations communities from Alaska to Washington State. Reconnecting with nature and having a chance to experience other cultures helps me to stay grounded in the work I create as a Kwikwsutineuk – ahkwamish artist.