Troy Anderson ~ Q’yapatus

Region: Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Bella Coola
Band Affiliation:
Nuxalk Nation
Tribal Affiliation:
Nuxalk - Heiltsuk

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Artist Statement

I really enjoy creating a piece that represents a family’s crest, because they hold the most meaning for people. My main hope is that people derive enjoyment from my work.


Troy Anderson is a Nuxalk/Heiltsuk artist born and raised in Bella Coola. He is of both Nuxalk and Heiltsuk descent, and carries the Anderson name of his Heiltsuk family.

Largely a self-taught artist, Anderson is a well-known silver jeweler in his home community of Bella Coola and residents turn to him to create pieces for community events such as potlatches, memorials and weddings.

He first learned the art of jewelry making at Acwsalcta School and credits his early teacher, accomplished jeweler and Nuxalk elder Amos Tallio, for giving him the inspiration to stay with it.

He mostly creates pieces that reflect Nuxalk family crests, and in that sense his work is very traditional. But, he is also well-known for exquisite designs not often seen in traditional native art, such as butterflies. He admits to a penchant for the finer details and thoroughly enjoys the creative process of his work.

His Nuxalk name, passed down from his famous grandfather, Clayton Mack, means "to come through a narrow passage into open space" or "narrow face" like a wolf.

Work Samples

Types of Work I Do

Silver Jewelry

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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