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Raven Publishing sells Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian art books that teach how to understand, appreciate, draw, paint and carve designs using the different First Nations Native Indian art styles.
We, the authors, wish to acknowledge
and give thanks to the many First Nations
in particular the elders, who have, over the years, shared their
wisdom, knowledge, skills, stories, humour and unselfishly extended
their hospitality and kindness. We owe these people an enormous
debt. It is from this group of people that we have also learned
to respect the artform and the culture from whence it originated
and is inseparable.
Special thanks is extended to the Hunt family of Victoria B.C. for the opportunity afforded Jim Gilbert in the early 1970s, to experience a traditional apprenticeship with master artists, at the Arts of the Raven workshop and the Thunderbird Park art training program. Since the revival of traditional Northwest Coast First Nations art, in the 1960s, recognition must be given to those master artists who extended the opportunity for the training of others, which has ultimately led to the advancement and revitalization of the art.
The following is a list of some of the First Nations master artists, teachers and artists, who helped initiate, have sustained and contributed in the renaissance: Mungo Martin, the Hunt family - Henry, Tony, Richard, Eugene, Stanley, Shirley, Calvin, Ross, George Jr., Tom, Tony Jr., Stephen, Jason; Mervyn Child; Bill Helin; Bill Reid; Doug and Kevin Crammer; Sam, Don, Mark and Bill Henderson; Frank Nelson; Fah Ambers; Wayne and Bruce Alfred; Roy Henry Vickers; David Boxely; Chuck Heit; Simon and Beau Dick; Marvin Oliver; Stan Greene; Dwayne Simeon; Geg Colfax; Susan Point; Nancy Dawson; Nathan Jackson; Robert and Reg Davidson; Phil Janze; Ken and Victor Mowatt; Freda Diesing; Walter Harris; Vernon Stephens; Earl Muldoe; Ron Sebastian; Art and Neil Sterritt; Sam Wesley; Don Yeomans; Jerry and Russel Smith; Francis Williams; Clarence Mills; Doug Wilson; Norman Tait; Larry Rosso; Floyd Joseph; David Neel; Roy Hanuse; Stan Bevan; Ken McNeil; Dempsey Bob; Butch Dick; Victor and Carey Newman; Cicero August; Simon Charlie; Doug Lafortune; Francis Horne; Charles Elliot; Joseph Wilson; Terry Starr; Victor Reece; Henry Greene; Glenn Tallio; Jim Hart; Robert Jackson; Alvin Adkins; Glen Wood; Gerry Marks; Dale Campbell; Bradley Hunt; Art Thompson; Ron Hamilton; Joe David; Tim Paul; Patrick Amos; Lyle Wilson; Alfred Collinson; Danny Dennis; and Clarence Wells.
Many non-native master artists, artists and teachers have played a prominent role in the rebirth, understanding and growth of Northwest Coast art. Non-natives are only now being recognized for their contribution in the renaissance of this great artform, whether it be in the production of original, fine quality native-style art, conducting classes or workshops, giving lectures, or writing articles and books. Artists with various cultural backgrounds who have contributed are in part: Bill Holm, Duane Pasco, John Livingston, Phil Nuytten, Steve Brown, Ron Burleigh, David Forlines, David Horsley, Jim Bender, Barry Herem, Jay Haavik, Jerry Hill, Don Smith and the Lelooska family, Loren White, Greg Blomberg, Edith Newman, Glen Rabena, Gene Brabant, G. Mintz, Robin Wright, Henri Nolla, E. Arima, Tom Duquette, Tom McFee, Peter Grant, Tom Patterson and Brien Foerester.
An internationally recognized authority in the field of North American First Nations art and culture, is Bill Holm. This Seattle master artist, art historian, scholar, author and teacher, began an academic exercise in the mid-1950's which led to the publication in 1965 of a most influential book. Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form, has guided, influenced and educated more artists on the subject of two-dimensional Northwest Coast art than any other publication. Since its release, Bill Holm has continued to contribute to the development, understanding and recognition of the artform and artists by structuring and teaching classes at the University of Washington in Seattle Washington and writing countless articles and books on the subject. For nearly half a century, Bill has generously supported, directed, encouraged and given guidance to many scholars, and artists.
Another Seattle non-native master artist is Duane Pasco. Essentially a self-taught artist, he is one of the most highly regarded creators of Northwest Coast Native-style art.
In the early 1970's, Bill Holm
Special Thanks Go to Our Family, Friends and Colleagues
Jims parents, Harry and Mary Gilbert Jims wife, Joan Karins parents, Arnold and Irma Becker, Eric Lange, Lisa Becker, Roland and Aline Lange, Bruce Obee, Ruth Cook, Margaret Klaassen, Dixon Taylor
Editing: Joan Gilbert
Chief Tony Hunt, Carey Newman, Steve Brown, Ron Stacy, Reg Ashwell, Nella Nelson, Ron Burleigh, Ed Doerksen, Sue Coleman, Vernon Stephens, Jim Clayton, Edith Newman, Gary Hargreaves
Printing consultants Art Thompson, Grant Forrest, and Melonie Price.
Brad Bigelow (Seattle Art Museum, Manager of retail
Ezine, Saskatoon, Canada
Blue Raven Gallery, Sooke,
Edith Newman (Librarian, Vancouver Island Regional Library,
Fabric Artist "Ayesu Originals" "Blue Raven Gallery"):