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Yul Baker began carving as a child. Growing up surrounded by friends and family who carved, Baker easily gravitated towards the art form. In 2003 he decided to take carving more seriously as a full-time profession. He learned technique and design under well-known Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Klatle-Bhi and Salish artist Ray Natrall. Baker focuses mostly on cedar masks and has developed a carving style that is his own. He carries two traditional names, one from the Kwakwaka'wakw ("Walla-bossa-ma") and one from the Nuu-chah-nulth ("Ge-mock-soth"). His heritage is his motivation when carving a piece.
In 2008 Baker graduated from the Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts Program at the Native Education College in Vancouver. The program was led by Haida/ Kwakwaka’wakw artist Dan Wallace.
Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is ...
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 giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to hunt whales alone. Eagle may ofte...
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