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Bert is a member of the Tlowitsis tribe of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation, near Campbell River on Vancouver Island. He currently lives in Campbell River and works at the House of Hamatsa carving studio. A relatively young artist, he began carving in 1994. His teachers include Bill Henderson, Junior Henderson, and Tom Hunt.
His natural affinity for carving as well as his exceptional tutelage has provided him with the opportunity to create Potlach objects for his community. Bert is continually studying his culture, learning traditions that he not only brings into his art, but practices. He has recently been initiated into the Hamatsa society.
Nuu Chah Nulth carver Tom Paul has carved his Winter Moon mask from red cedar wood and finished the piece with light washes of green accented with stamped arrangements of white snowflakes and evergreens. Slightly abstract, this work reflects the ongoing theme of the Nuu Chah Nulth’s thirteen moons, while experimenting with new ways of designing and configuring forms. The moon told of the arrival of food sources such as the salmon’s return and the quantities of certain crops. Culturally, each moon was characterized by images that represented that particular time of year – such are the swirling wind motifs and somber colors in this mask. The small figure on the right-hand side of the central moon face depicts the wind that brings the great flood waters. Each winter these waters wash the earth and prepare for a new beginning.