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Published on Dec 14, 2012
ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT | David Boxley, Metlakatla, Alaska.
Born in 1952, David was raised by his grandparents who taught him many Tsimshian traditions including the language. While teaching in Metlakatala in 1979, David began devoting considerable time to the study of traditional Tsimshian carving. He decided to make a major career decision to leave the security of teaching and to devote all his energies toward carving and researching the legacy of Northwest Coast Indian art.
David has since become a nationally recognized Indian artist showing and demonstrating his art in many parts of the United States and Europe. He is particularly well respected as a totem pole carver, carving 70 poles in the last 26 years.
David has taught and demonstrated at many different museums and institutes. He has been directly involved in the formation of four successful dance groups, has written over 40 songs in his Native language and in addition to totems he carves many masks, rattles, paddles and other performance items.