Bryant, Edward Earl
Edward Earl Bryant (Hagwil-Gàax), a Tsimshian Artist from the Gitando Clan/Raven crest, was born in Lax Kw Alaams, a small native village on the Northwest Coast of BC. He was raised and has been taught traditional values including his history, mythology, plant medicine and language of his people the Tsimshian by his grandparents.
Ed, besides his artworks in cedar, bone, ivory, silver and copper, creates dance regalia and is skilled in toolmaking. He was working together with his brother Henry Green on totems and canoes. All art pieces, such as the 8 meter canoe, were done with traditional bent knifes and elbow adzes.
He has also worked at the Museum of Northern BC in Prince Rupert. Since 1998, during his stay in Germany, he has exhibited his art in several museums to great acclaim. He also exhibited and lectured in Zuerich, Switzerland.
Exhibits in 2000 include “Masken der Welt” in Germany which represented 5000 years of masks of the world. One of Ed’s poles is on permanent display at the Hannover Landes Museum (Germany).
During his career, Ed has contributed to literature on First Nations arts and has given many lectures, seminars and interviews (radio/tv). He has taught in Berlin, Frankfurt and Heidelberg. He has also participated in the opening ceremony for the Canadian Embassy in Bad Schwalbach.