Clifton Guthrie

Clifton Guthrie is of the Laxskiik clan from Metlakatla, Alaska. After completing high school, Clifton moved from Metlakatla to Seattle where he resided for a number of years before returning to Metlakatla in 2018.

Attending potlatches and participating in totem pole raising ceremonies were a regular part of Clifton’s childhood. In 2011, Clifton apprenticed under renowned Tsimshain carver and culture bearer David A. Boxley where he studied the carving of masks, bentwood boxes, totem poles, drums and other wood work. Clifton continues to explore and share his design, carving and cultural knowledge under the watchful eye of David A. Boxley, while working alongside David R. Boxley, a celebrated artist in his own right.

Since 2011, Clifton has had the opportunity to assist David Boxley on carving totem poles and other large projects including the House front installed for Sealaska. Carving his own path, his own works have been selected for a number of major exhibitions including Museum of Anthropology’s “Claiming Space” exhibit, the Evergreen State Longhouse 20th Anniversary Show, the Burke Museum permanent collection, and the 2018 Celebration Juried Art Show.

In 2014, Clifton was given his Tsimshian name Holtka Xsoo, meaning “Full Canoe” which alludes to his personality as he is always busy working on projects.

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Home Coming
Clifton Guthrie (Tsimshian)

Edition /160Available framed for $750 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Eagle is one of th...

Edition /160Available framed for $750 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the gia...

$280.00

Metamorphosis
Clifton Guthrie (Tsimshian)

Edition /85Available framed for $1100 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Butterfly is incre...

Edition /85Available framed for $1100 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Butterfly is increasingly popular today in Northwest Coast art. In some stories Butterfly is Raven’s companion, acting as a scout who leads Raven to food sources and uncovers hiding spots.

$480.00

Salmon Season II
Clifton Guthrie (Tsimshian)

Edition /160Available framed for $600 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Salmon is fundamen...

Edition /160Available framed for $600 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. Many myths tell of people taken to the undersea world of the Salmon and return with secret knowledge and powers. Salmon has always been viewed as the life force for Indigenous communities. Salmon is often represented by scales, small fins and striated tail fin.

$200.00