Charlie, Frank

Frank Charlie was born in 1952. in Port Renfrew neat Tofino Inlet and is a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth people. In 1974, during a Pole raising ceremony at the World's Fair in Spokane Washington, he inherited the name "Kwya Tseek Tchuss Miyuh" (White Wolf) from his grandfather, Hyacinth David who was also his source of family songs and dances. He lived among Clayoquot people at the village of Opitsaht on the west coast of Vancouver Island. As witness to their inheritance, he is able to depict in traditional two and three dimensional art forms, the different aspects of the Clayoquot culture. Kwya Tseek Tchuss Miyuh has developed his talents with the great influence of such contemporaries as Joe David, his mother's brother, and Hupquatchew (Ron Hamilton), a cousin of the Opitchesaht people of the Somass River. Since developing a special interest in the art and culture of his people during 1973, Frank Charlie can sense a seriousness which grows with each oncoming year. With his carvings and his prints he is striving for perfection and a place among the master artists of his people.

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