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Bill Henderson
Sun Mask
native contemporary
Code E
39 x 56 x 10 (in)

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Master carver, Bill Henderson is widely considered to be a dominant presence among Vancouver Island's Native artists. Internationally known and honoured, his carvings are found in private collections and museums around the globe. Bill Henderson was born into the Weiwaikum tribe on March 21, 1950, one of nine sons of the late Chief Sam Henderson and his wife, May Quocksister Henderson. As a child, Bill learned the ways of an artist by watching his father, a self-taught carver. Sam and May Henderson are well-remembered as protectors of ancient customs, and they instilled in all their children respect for their cultural heritage. In his late teens, Bill took up carving more seriously and at 19 began to sell his work. Since then, he has honed his skills while preserving the family's traditional style in carvings, dance masks, paddles, bowls and plaques. While he was always drawn to painting and culture of carving, Bill never dreamed that his work would become sought-after in a global marketplace. Over the years, Bill has carved over a thousand masks for private collectors or ceremonial dances. The masks represent figures from Indian mythology or legend, and bring images of long ago to life with music, movement and song. A professional dancer, Bill performs at numerous potlatches and ceremonies. Of the ability and responsibility to carve, he simply explains, "This is our life, this is what we were taught." Legend and history are infused into each carving. His carvings may be seen in public places worldwide. In Ishikari, Japan, one of Bill's totems stands in front of city hall - a sister city gift from Campbell River in 1993. When Campbell Rivers' House of Thunder bighouse was built in 1997, Bill was commissioned to create the four corner poles. Excerpts from "Totem Legends" by Christine Scott

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