Sunday, March 28, 2010

Introducing Kwakwaka'wakw Artist Alfred Robertson

Alfred Robertson

Affiliation: Kwakwakawakw
Birth Date: August 17, 1950
Birthplace: Kingcome Inlet, B.C., Canada

Alfred Robertson was born August 17th, 1950 in Kingcome Inlet, British Columbia, located off the southern coast. This area is representative of the Kwagiulth Nation. Alfred was taught to carve by his father, William Robertson, and has carved with his brother, Sampson Robertson, from whom he learned this technique. He has been carving Northwest Coast artwork for sixteen years.

Alfred carves in yellow and red cedar wood. Presently, he resides in Nanaimo and carves on a full-time basis. In his spare time, Alfred teaches basic carving skills to elementary school children. Alfred is one of many Northwest Coast Native artists who is preserving the carving traditions of his people.

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