Dorothy Shephard

Northwest Coast Native Artist Dorothy Shephard from Nuu-chah-nulth Nation

Nuu-chah-nulth Nation

1946 – 2024

Dorothy Shephard was born October 5th, 1946 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She was born into the Nuu-cha-nulth Nation who inhabit the southern region of Vancouver Island and was previously known as Dorothy Jeffery until 2004. Dorothy took the Killerwhale, known as a powerful and skilled underwater hunter, as her family crest symbol.

Dorothy was one of the few women from her generation to keep the art of basket weaving alive. The tradition was passed down to her from her mother, Effie Tate. Dorothy would weave three corner grass, white grass, sword grass and places cedar bark at their edges, all which were carefully hand picked from the coastline of Vancouver Island.

She began making miniature baskets at the young age of ten and has been weaving for over forty years. Each basket portrays the traditional designs of the Nuu-cha-nulth nation such as birds, whales and canoe hunting. Dorothy carefully wove her fine baskets to reveal intricacy and the utmost quality of workmanship. Dorothy Shephard was a very established and highly respected Nuu-cha-nulth basket weaver and her work may be found in various collections.

Works by this Artist (Present + Past + Public)

Past Works

The artist’s Past Works at our Gallery have now sold; however, a custom order may be possible if the artist is available and accepting commissions.