Zahir (Mickey), Jimmy
Jimmy Zahir (Mickey) is a member of the Nuuh-chah-nulth First Nations (Nootka). He began carving at the age of 4 (!) by watching his grandfather. His grandparents were the principal influences in Jimmy’s life, teaching about culture and identity as well as how to conduct and care for himself. Before his grandfather passed away, his uncle Mark Mickey took him under his wing and showed him a few things.
Jimmy has carved with other artists in his life and has picked up a lot of useful tricks, he learned a lot carving with his close friend, and talented artist, Harry Williams., to whom Jimmy is very thankful to.
“Today, I find myself very thankful for all who have influenced me in my life. It is through those influences that have progressed my art and ability to where it is today, through the different mediums that I use to express my art or through my singing. I look forward to the future and what it will being through my art and through the continued growth both spiritually and mentally“. -Jimmy Zahir