Smith, Harris - Lalkawilas (1942 - 2005)

Late Harris Smith, Lalkawilas (1942-2005), was a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations, originating from Oweekeno Village, Rivers Inlet in British Columbia. Usually he signs his work with the name Lalkawilas (Chief who Feasts the People til Morning). Harris was born in 1942 and passed away in 2005. He created many bowls, platters, sculptures, large totem poles and masks. He also was very successful in painting and created many limited edition prints. He was influenced by Willie Seaweed, Mungo Martin, and Tony Hunt. His two sons, Steve and Rod Smith, both learned from him and are well established artists. In 2005, Harris, Rod, and Steve were all featured in the Changing Hands: Art without Reservation, 2 Exhibitions that opened at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, NY.

Raven Bowl by Harris Smith, Lalkawilas

Raven Bowl by Harris Smith, Lalkawilas

Raven's by Lalkawilas, late Harris Smith, maple bowl from the Kwakiulth First Nation

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