Sunday, October 14, 2018


The Thunderbird that Came Down From Above
23K Gold and Abalone Shell 


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Portrait of Emma Martin – a Highborn Woman

In the time of our great-grandparents, a number of Kwakwaka’wakw people were sent to jail for singing and dancing: traditional Indigenous culture was unlawful at that time. They served their sentences at Oakalla Prison near Vancouver, far away from their communities and families.

One woman, Emma Martin, felt that she had to do something to help her people so she left her village and went to live in the city, where she visited the people, she brought them gifts of food and other items to help them during their incarceration, and when they were released she gave them money and clothes to return home. She is a heroine of the Kwakwaka’wakw and serves as a role model for those who remember her.

The labret in her lower lip represents her status as a high born woman, with copper having special historical / cultural significance. The face on the forehead represents the people that she helped.



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Monday, October 8, 2018

Friday, September 21, 2018


Otter Woman Mask - Old School Style 
Red cedar, paint, horse hair. 


Loon Bracelet
Silver with 23K Gold inlay, with ozidization




New Work - Orca Bracelet, 1 1/2" wide, silver with oxidization 

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A Sea Bear bracelet, 1" wide in sterling silver with oxidization.
In our legends there are other worlds, such as the realm under the sea that is ruled by Komokwa. What people don't understand is that it is a complete world, like another dimension, that has characters like Dzunokwis and Sea Bear and human characters, like Siwid, go down and live among them for a time.