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T.J. Young is from the Yaadaas Eagle Clan of the Kaigani Haida in Hydaburg, Alaska. T.J. learned about Haida art and carving from his grandfather Claude Morrison and brother Joe Young. He was a teenager when Morrison first showed him the proper way to carve a functional halibut hook. Since then he’s been a major influence in Young's progression as a Haida artist. Young has also worked with well established Haida artists Dan Wallace and Jim McGuire.
In addition to working in metal, T.J. carves in wood, often creating objects for ceremonial use. He's also worked on several totem poles with his brother including a 45' Eagle crest totem and a 40' totem for the Sitka Nation Historical Park. He feels it is a privilege to be part if the Haida Nation and an honour to carry on the traditions of his ancestors.