Ed E. Bryant

Northwest Coast Native Artist Ed E. Bryant from Tsimshian Nation

Tsimshian Nation

Ed E. Bryant was born in Lax Kw Alaams, a small native village on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Raised by his grandparents and inspired by the cultural knowledge of his grandfather, he enjoyed a childhood full of traditional lessons including the history, mythology, medicine and language of his Tsimshian people.

For many years Edward Bryant has been carving his art pieces in traditional Tsimshian style mostly out of red and yellow cedar, alder, maple, birch and yew wood. He also carves bone, ivory, copper and silver and enjoys embellishing his pieces with intricate abalone inlay. The artist also creates dance regalia and is a skilled toolmaker.

Ed has collaborated with his brother, Henry Green, to work on many totem poles and canoes: a four crest 9m pole in Prince Rupert, a 4m column pole in Port Simpson, and a 3m totem in Geneva. All of these pieces, including an 8m canoe, were carved with traditional bent-knives and elbow adzes. His work was also inspired by various artists including Ron Telek, Heber Reece, Lyle Campbell, and George Mckay.

During the early 1990’s Edward carved in a shop associated with the Museum of Northern B.C. in Prince Rupert. Since 1988, he has enjoyed living in Germany exhibiting his artwork throughout Europe and contributing to private and public collections worldwide.

Works by this Artist (Present + Past + Public)

Present Works

  • Sea Serpent Soul Catcher

    Ed E. Bryant

    Price upon request

    Cattle Bone, Abalone shell, Cedar bark

    Commonly used by a Shaman, soul catchers were used to cleanse human souls and spirits. If a person was sick, or perhaps possessed by a demon spirit, the soul catcher was used to coerce the evil spirit out of the body.  The open ends were caped with cedar bark to hold the soul until it was cleansed and brought back from the spirit world. The healed soul of the recipient was then returned to the body by the Shaman by blowing through the soul catcher and into to the patient’s mouth.

    The shape of the soul catcher is typically cut from animal bone in such a way that the ends are flared outward and the surface is carved with figures associated with the Shaman’s spirit guides. Spirit guides accompany the human spirit or soul on its transformative journey between worlds. The ends of the Soul Catcher were sealed to contain these spirits. They also protect the boundaries between the physical and spiritual world, keeping those involved in the healing ceremony safe from evil minded spirits and beings.  The symmetrical arrangement of the figures essentially defines objects of this type and the figures tend to more sculptural in appearance.

    Soul catchers are extremely powerful and respected healing instruments; because of this, they were often housed in special bentwood boxes to keep them safe.


    Soul Catcher: 1.25 x 6.75 x 1.25″

    Including Stand: 3.25 x 6.75 x 1.5″

    Box: 5.75 x 8.75 x 5″

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.