Salmon, Mini PanelSammy Dawson, Kwakwaka'wakw
Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw artist Sammy Dawson was born in Vancouver, BC in the mid 1970’s. While growing mainly in Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island; Sammy carved his first piece, a thunderbird plaque, with his uncle David Robertson when he was just 12 years old. He watched his grandfather William ‘Billy-Bird’ Robertson, carve masks and bent boxes that he made for family potlatches. After watching his uncles David, Alfred and Sampson for some time, Sammy started carving masks on his own getting pointers along the way from ‘T-bone’ John Jacobson. He then apprenticed under Simon Dick, who helped hone his mask making. Sammy learned cedar bark work from ‘Bones’ Eddy Macdugall. Rounding out his learning, Sammy did a lot of cultural training under late Chief Kwaksistalis, Adam Dick and his late son, Michael; who also trained him to prepare logs for totem poles. He then worked with Chief George Shaughnessy on traditional singing and dancing related to the potlatch system. Sammy currently works with wood; making masks, wall hangings and panels. And more recently he also works with silver and copper creating one of a kind jewelry pieces.
7" X 7 1/2"