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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.
This Welcome Figure portrait mask, based on a Nuu chah nulth mask from the 1850’s, would be danced during a ceremonial welcome song which belongs to the David family of the Tla-O-Qui-Aht clan. Smoked elk hide has been rigged to the back of the piece to hold it securely in place when being danced.