Harvey Williams was born in 1952, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, in the province of British Columbia, Canada. Harvey is part of the Nuu-cha-nulth (Nootka) Nation of the Pacific Northwest Coast Natives. Nuu-cha-nulth means 'people along the islands'. Harvey is from a well-known family of carvers who have distinguished themselves with their colourful totem poles. Harvey began to carve totems as a boy, and later branched off into silver and gold. Harvey brings to his metal work the graphic style of his family and the Nuu-cha-nulth people.