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Jim Charlie was born September 10th, 1967 on the Capilano Reserve in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is a member of the Squamish Nation of the Coast Salish peoples. Squamish territory encompasses much of Greater Vancouver inluding North and West Vancouver, Howe Sound and lands and rivers all the way up to Whistler, BC.
Jim comes from a long line of artists; therefore, it was only natural that he began to carve at a young age. He has been making Northwest Coast Native art for over sixteen years.
Jim is the grandson of Dominique Charlie, who passed on some years ago. He was a highly-regarded carver during his time. He educated Jim on the many stories and legends common to the Salish people and inspired him throughout his years of carving.
Jim studied under Phil Janze, a well established Gitksan artist, in order to become more proficient in achieving greater depth and a different perspective of style.
Jim has been influenced by many well known artists and strives to achieve the utmost quality in his work. He is a versatile artist who enjoys depicting a variety of legends. His style is refined, uncomplicated, and dimensional with a northern influence.
Jim is one of many Northwest Coast Native artists who are working to uphold their cultural traditions through their artwork and craft.
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