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Ditidaht Legend of Swans and Wolves
Red cedar, copper, alabone, operculum, cedar bark, paint

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Paddle; Thunderbird and Human
Paint on yellow cedar

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Ceremonial Furniture: Legend of the Crawling Wolves, chair back carving

Art Thompson (Tsan-Quass-Upp)

Art Thompson was born in 1948 in Whyac, an isolated reserve of the Ditidaht on Vancouver Island. Thompson was largely a self-taught artist who began drawing at an early age. As well, he benefited from the experience of having a father and grandfather who were carvers. Significant, too, were studies with Ron Hamilton and Joe David, two of the artists most responsible for the resurgence of Nuu-chah-nulth art. Thompson was widely regarded as a master carver and artist of great import.

Thompson was initiated into the Tloo-Kwalla or Wolf Society, a tribal initiation ceremony that had been passed down through the generations and besides his renown as a visual artist he attained recognition for his knowledge and practice of the traditional songs and dances of the Nuu-chah-nulth. Finally, Thompson was a tireless fighter for all those who suffered the abuses of the residential school system.

Tragically, Thompson died of cancer in 2003.

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