Noel Pootlass - Chief Sixlaxaalyc

Region: Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Bella Coola
Band Affiliation:
Nuxalk Nation
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Artist Statement

When a person comes into my shop and they fall in love with a particular piece, when it brings them joy in their heart, and they have a connection to that piece: that’s what I hope for when I create art


Noel Pootlass, Chief Sixlaxaalyc, is the Hereditary Chief of the village of Qomqots, upon which most members of the Nuxalk Nation now reside and he carries on traditional responsibilities for the land. A self-taught artist, Pootlass has learned from master carver Alvin Mack as he’s progressed, and he’s talented and hardworking - producing multiple pieces in one session.

Pootlass characterizes his work as both traditional and contemporary, gleaning most of his inspiration from the stories of supernatural beings, passed on through generations from his ancestors. He considers carving, especially mask carving, to be a spiritual experience, and this is evident in his work.

Pootlass also paints, producing both traditional works and contemporary landscape and wildlife creations. However, he prefers to return to those traditions that have been handed down through generations and are considered the lifeblood of the Nuxalkmc people.

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Types of Work I Do


Where to Buy

You can buy my work at the following Gallery / Store.

Copper Sun Gallery

Address: 442 Mackenzie Street Bella Coola, BC Canada
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