Monday, June 30, 2014

Kwakiutl dug-out canoe with Hok-hok mask for welcoming ceremony,  Bella Anniversary - 21 years 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

My book on the Northwest Native canoe culture. 

#northwest #nativeart #aboriginal #firstnations

Friday, June 27, 2014

Here's one of the tricks to carving a Northwest coast Native canoe: To make the canoe the proper thickness along it's length you drill holes and insert pre-cut wooden pegs; a finger thick for the sides and two fingers thick for bottom. Then you hollow out the canoe until all the pegs are at the surface of the wood. Now your canoe is a uniform thickness from bow to stern.
Easy? Any way you do it, it is a very big job to hollow out a dug-out canoe,.

#northwest #native #indian #canoe

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The 20th anniversary of the journey to Bella Bella this summer. 

#native #indian #aboriginal #firstnations

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Is anyone from the Wolf clan? A sterling silver Wolf Bracelet, deep and detailed. 

#native #aboriginal #firstnations 


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

One inch wide is perfect for a bracelet, do you agree? 

Orca & Bear, sterling silver.

#nativeamerican #aboriginal #haida #kwakiutl #orca #bear

Monday, June 16, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

I used to go visit Bill Reid regularly when he had a studio at Granville Island, and I photographed and interviewed him several times. So when I carved my first canoe I naturally sought his advice. I will never forget that he told me, "I was the only Native that ever asked his advice about canoe carving." His canoe, the Lootas, is one of the finest canoes ever made.

That was the most valuable thing that I ever learned from Bill: That you should never be afraid to ask for help from your elders.

#nativeamerican #aboriginal #haida

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A canoe blessing ceremony for a Northwest coast Native dugout canoe. 
The 20th anniversary for the Quatuwas Canoe Festival in Bella Bella is this summer. Are you going? 

#nativeamerican #aboriginal #bellabella

Sunday, June 8, 2014

An Eagle Bracelet in sterling silver with gold eyes. 

This took a surprising amount of time to make. 

#nativeamerican #aboriginal #eagle

Friday, June 6, 2014

My Two-Spirited Transformation Mask. 

#nativeamerican #haida #aboriginal #kwakiutl

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Who does not need a Gold Bear Ring with a ruby eye? I mean really....