Born November 6, 1970, in Mayo, Yukon, Eugene Alfred is of Northern Tutchone and Tlingit ancestry, and belongs to the Crow Clan of Selkirk First Nation, located in Pelly Crossing, Yukon.
Studying under such renowned artists as Dempsey Bob (Tlingit/Tahltan) and Ken Mowatt (Gitksan), Eugene has established himself as a respected carver. His unique style and expertise has provided him with the opportunity to not only produce exquisite collectable artwork, but also to become an instructor and pass on his artistry to the younger generation. Currently, Eugene works and resides in Pelly Crossing, Yukon.
Works by this Artist (Present + Past + Public)
Yellow Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
Eugene Alfred’s stunning Shaman Panel is a masterfully carved and finely painted work of art, depicting a mysterious Shaman wrapped up in a bright cloak. The cloak is designed to look like a Raven, and is accompanied by a matching Raven frontlet.
Shamans were typically a chief of the village or a person of high-ranking stature who followed the directions given by their spirit helper. After a Shaman’s initial encounter with their helper, the spirit would turn into foam and disappear, uttering a word just before they left. This word would become the name the Shaman would use when asked to cure someone.
Prior to their disappearance, spirit helpers often left behind a physical object relating to their presence. These objects served as tokens of the encounters, and were considered to be great treasures. In addition to these treasures, Shamans would wear cedar bark ornamentation and face paint, and often utilized ceremonial objects such as rattles while performing their ritualistic songs and dances. These objects served as tokens of the encounters. This paraphernalia would enhance the spiritual presence in order to bring about supernatural powers of healing.
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.