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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.
This stunning pole was inspired by the story of how the Beaver Clan came to be part of the Haisla Nation. Each figure depicted on the pole represents an important episode in the journey that the characters in the story take. From top to bottom, the figures being depicted include a squirrel, a halibut, a giant man that is holding an otter, and two beavers.
This particular Haisla story is quite old, and Lyle is one of the few individuals who still knows all of the details. The pole is Lyle’s contemporary portrayal of the tale, which pays tribute to the ancient family connections between the present-day Haisla and their neighbors.
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.
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