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On the Kwakwaka’wakw side of his family, Aubrey Johnston is related to the prominent families of Assu and Wallace and is a member of the Weka’yi First Nation. On the Haida side, he’s related to the Simeon family and his ancestry descends through his grandmother on his mother’s side.
Aubrey has worked with well-known and recognized artists, such as Floyd Joseph and Jack James Jr. Johnston has become a fulltime artist who specializes in finely detailed carvings in wood. His work includes model poles, bowls, miniature masks, rattles and combs, and he pays particular attention to the craftsmanship on every artwork created.
In 2007, he worked on a Haida Mortuary Pole as a lead carver with Corey Bulpitt, and renowned artist Beau Dick assisted with carving this pole as well.
Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Abalone shell, Acrylic paint, Leather
The carving of flutes of the Northwest Coast extends back historically through time. The dramatic importance of the flute was indicated by the variety of specialized whistles, each of which was produced to make specific tones. Songs and dances were part fo all ceremony and ritual, a fundamental element of the inherited privilege. Equally important were the many whistles and other musical instruments that were specifically designated for most dances. Wooden whistles of one, two or three shafts, each with several holes and reeds produced a strong and clear note. Flutes and whistles were traditionally blown in the woods to introduce the cermonial season. Every instrument was the object of time, skill and concern and was considered by those who owned it as a necessary part of the family’s collection