Tim Alfred, born 1967 in Alert Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia moved to the village of Fort Rupert in 1985. His family tree includes the bands of Kwaguilth (Fort Rupert), Namgis (Alert Bay), Mumtagila (Etsekin), Mamalelegala (Village Island) and Tlowitsis (Turnor Island). In 1989, at a memorial potlatch for his brother, his mother’s family placed him in the family’s chief position at the Bighouse where he received the name “Mus-cum-tsi”, which symbolized the four clans of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation.
Tim first started carving in the Kwakiutl style at age 20 and was highly inspired and influenced by the work of well-known artists Stan Hunt, Wayne Alfred, Beau Dick and Calvin Hunt. As a young artist, he was able to learn techniques for making bentwood boxes, planks from cedar logs, mask carving, paddles, model canoes and the making of dance regalia for traditional use in the bighouse. Today his pieces are sold in the finest galleries including museums in British Columbia, North America and thanks to MyMondo Trading, also in Europe.