SOLD Spirit Canoe by Jimmy Joseph (Kwakwakawakw).

SOLD. Canoes can be custom ordered in any size and with masks of your choice.

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Jimmy Joseph created these carvings after seeing an old photograph of members of his Nation arriving at a potlatch in a canoe wearing their masks. This canoe is 6 ft long.  The canoe is carved from red cedar, and the figures are from yellow cedar.  The masks are a raven, a sun, a wren (part man, part bird), a wolf, and a baby eagle.

Jimmy Joseph is Kwagiulth from Alert Bay.  He is a fourth generation carver.  He's been carving professionally for about 30 years.  He lives a traditional lifestyle - hunting, fishing, and attending potlatches.  He's also an active member of the Native American Church.  Jimmy is a residential school survivor.  He gave up drinking when he began carving, and never picked it up again. 

Using traditional designs, materials, techniques, and tools Jimmy creates beautiful carved tables, masks, plaques, totem poles and many other art objects.  He draws the designs freehand, then carves and paints them.  Each piece is unique.

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