Johnny Michael James (Jimmy) Joseph was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia in May 13, 1957. Johnny is Kwakiutl and feels that he is not from one single place as he has family from many different areas. Johnny was given a hamatsa from James Wadhams.
Johnny’s mother is Wata; whose parents were Mary Whonnok (Big Mum, Kwakiutl), and James Wadhams (Kwakiutl). Johnny’s father is Leonard Joseph who was from Village Island. Leonard’s parents were Harry Joseph, and Daisy Joseph. Johnny has four children James Micheal Thomas Joseph, Kristen Laurel Vanessa Joseph, Micheal James Joseph, and Johnny Micheal Joseph.
Johnny mirror etches, and carves. Loyd Wadhams, Leonard Joseph, and Gordon Twance along with others were Johnny’s major influences. Leonard Joseph Jr. taught Johnny by doing the outline of a design for him and would get Johnny to fill in the inner design. Johnny says that the Hunt family influenced “me lots and sort of started me off;” noteworthy to Johnny are Alec Hunt, and Henry Hunt.
Kwakiulth 5 figure RAVEN Canoe by Jimmy Joseph
31" Canoe with 5 Paddlers by Jimmy Joseph
Gorgeous Talking Stick by Jimmy Joseph
Talking Stick by Jimmy Joseph, Kwakiulth First Nation, Alert Bay
Totem Pole, 31" by Jimmy Joseph
Totem Pole by Jimmy Joseph, Kwakwakaw'wakw