Williams, Harvey and Josie

Harvey Williams, son of Ray and Ida Williams and grandson of Sam, was born September 1952 on the Ditidaht Reservation (Nitinaht Lake) on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia Canada and is a member of the Ditidaht Nation, therefore part of the Nuu-cha-nulth (Nootka) Nation of the Pacific Northwest Coast Natives. Harvey began to carve totems as a boy. Later, while in his 40th, Harvey branched off into silver and gold, bringing to his metal work the style of his family and the Nuu-cha-nulth people. Lately in life, Harvey has produces some beautiful paintings as well.

The Williams family have been carving and selling totem poles ever since Sam moved to Washington State in the early 1900's. The family is well known by collectors all over North America and in Europe.

Harvey is (was) married to Josie (Josie passed away recently) and they had two daughters. He continues the family tradition of carving totem poles and/or talking sticks, often using chestnut wood instead of cedar. Some are painted, usually by Josie, some stained, some stained, often with abalone insets. Harvey's carvings are ornate, often with cut-through designs. And they are alive with carved figures of thunderbirds, frogs, killer whales, salmon and more. The designs of the poles have been passed on through the family.

Talking Stick by Harvey and Josie Williams, 1985

Talking Stick by Harvey and Josie Williams, 1985

Talking Stick, Nuuh-chah-nulth First Nation, Harvey and Josie Williams


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