Gilbert Dawson was born in 1984 in Alert Bay on Vancouver Island to his mother Marilyn Lancaster of the Tlowitsis tribe and Father Herbert Dawson of the Dzawada'enuxw/Kingcome Inlet, both very talented artists. He is a member of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation. Gilbert has been carving since 1995. He has worked with Beau Dick, Bruce Alfred, Sam Shaughnessy, Don Svanvyc, Joe Pederson and Joe Wilson. He has also immersed himself in the Kwakwala language and has learned more than 75 ceremonial songs. In July of 2001, he carved over 30 masks solely for a potlatch hosted by James Speck. Gilbert holds Wolf, Sun and Sisiutl as his crests. Culture is a passion of Gilbert and it is taken seriously of each piece that is made, they are very much made with positive feelings, his inspiration are the children he has, they allow him to carry on carving and teaching them the culture and the language as well as passing down the knowledge that was handed down by the elders.
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