Warren H. Adams
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Warren H. Adams was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia into the family clan Gisk’aast (Killer Whale). He works in the tradition of the Gitksan/Nisga’a people of the Nass Valley in Northern British Columbia. He apprenticed under Ron A. Sebastian from 1978–1981 and studied under master carvers Walter Harris, Ken Mowatt, Earl Muldon, Duane Pasco and Vernon Stephens at the K’san School of Native Art in Hazelton, from which he graduated with the highest achievement. Adams apprenticed under Earl Muldon and Ron Sebastian in silver and gold engraving from 1983–1984.
In 1991 Adams was the featured artist in a BC Tourism television commercial and in a National Geographic article on Northwest Coast Native art. In 1996 he returned to his homeland in the Nass Valley. Adams’ work focuses on carvings in cedar, alder, maple and birch as well as jewellery in gold, silver and gemstones. His works reflect traditional Nisga’a culture and are used in community ceremonies.
Adams shares his talent and knowledge of Nisga’a culture through teaching. He works at the New Aiyansh Secondary School, and is featured by BC’s ArtStarts program. In 2005 he worked with students to carve an eleven foot Pts'aan (totem pole). Warren is knownfor his extremely fine detailed carving. His work is held in commercial galleries, museums and private collections worldwide. He lives and works in the Nisga’a village of Gitlax’taamiks.