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Edwin First Started creating artwork in 2006 and began studying at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2011. Working in silver, copper and red cedar, Edwin trained under his father, David Neel in the Kwakwaka’wakw style, as well as artist Ron Marshall in the Nuu-chah-nulth style.
Edwin is the son of artist David Neel. Other notable family members include David Neel Sr., Mungo Martin, Ellen Neel and Charlie James. Many of these family members were prominent Northwest Coast carvers known for their model poles.
Bakwas is the Kwakwaka’wakw name for a supernatural being who lurks on the edges of the forests a...
Bakwas is the Kwakwaka’wakw name for a supernatural being who lurks on the edges of the forests and near streams, hoping to lure the souls of those who drown or unwitting humans to eat his ghost food, which causes them to become otherworldly, like him. He is the Wild Man of the Woods, the Keeper of Drowned Souls, and children are taught to be wary of him. Those souls captured by Bakwas are condemned to eternal hunger, misery, wandering and evildoing.
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