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My philosophy around the work I do is to create exciting new works based on the traditional forms and styles of our people.
My English name is Lou-ann Neel, and I am a descendant of the Mamalillikulla, Da’nax’daxw, Ma’amtagila, ‘Namgis and Kwagiulth tribes of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwak’wala-speaking people).
In my home territory, the Kwak’wala names I carry are K’iditle’logw; Ika’wega and Ga’axstalas.
I have been designing and creating original design works for over 30 years; working first in wood carving and original painted designs and moving on to work in textiles and jewelry design.
My work is greatly influenced by the work of my grandmother, Ellen Neel (Kakasolas) and my great, great grandfather, Charlie James (Yakuglas), and I consider it a great honour to be able to continue the artistic traditions of my family.
In my other work, I am an arts administrator with over 25 years experience managing arts, culture and language programs, grant / proposal writing, special event management, and community development.