Made by artist Joe Descoteaux
2 x 6.75"
Joe Descoteaux was born April 16, 1964 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada which is an area representative of the Ojibwa Nation. Joe married into the Wadhams family, a prominent and well-known Kwagiulth family from Alert Bay, off the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. As a result, Joe has learned to carve wood, silver and gold in the Northwest Coast style, specifically Kwagiulth. Joe has been taught by other Northwest Coast Kwagiulth artists Lloyd Wadhams Jr., Charles Harper, Don Dawson, Willie and Ray Wadhams, and George Matilpi. His wife, Cheryl Wadhams, herself an accomplished Northwest Coast artist, has greatly inspired Joe’s art. Joe began carving wood in the early 90s, and then progressed to silversmithing. Presently, Joe carves mainly in silver and gold. In 2007, at a potlatch in Alert Bay, Joe was given the name Hilamas, a traditional name from the Dawson family which means 'he fixes things'.