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David Boxley

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2013 Fellowship Awards
Kitsap County



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Raven Dance, red cedar, Tsimshian Raven designs, acrylic paint, braided cedar bark Rope, dyed and woven raffia. Git Hoan Dancers perform for Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Celebration, 2012. photo: Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Carved Eagle Mask, red cedar, acrylic paint, abalone and opurculum shell, cedar braided rope, 32"x6", 2012. photo: Quintana Galleries.

20120108_01a_kjf_ps Public program: David Boxley's The Eagle and The Chief" Totem Pole. David Boxley, a Tsimshian carver from Metlakatla, Alaska assisted by his son, David Boxley, Jr. work to complete carving and paint it in view of the public at NMAI, January 4-10, 2012. Potomac Atrium, NMAI Mall Museum.

David Boxley has achieved national recognition as an Alaskan Tsimshian artist for his design and carving accomplishments, showcasing and demonstrating worldwide, and creating his own Tsimshian style that is reflective of the old style with his own quality interpretation. David has brought the traditions of his ancestors to life carving 71 Totem Poles, masks, rattles, bentwood boxes and other art mediums. David’s accomplishments include his commitment to the revitalization of Tsimshian culture, bringing traditions to practice and teaching art and language. Additionally, he formed a dynamic performance group called Git-Hoan Dancers (People of the Salmon) that shares Tsimshian legends in dance while showcasing his masks and art.

As part of his Fellowship’s Meet the Artist requirements, David offered a carving demonstration at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington in Seattle. Read more about David’s Meet the Artist event.

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