Alfred Seaweed was born May 22, 1949 in Alert Bay, a small fishing village off the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island, in the province of British Columbia, Canada. This area is representative of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, a group that inhabits mainly the southern region of the province.
Alfred takes the Sisiutl (double headed sea serpent), from his mother, and the Eagle, from his father, as his family crests. Alfred descends from a large family of carvers, so it was only natural that he began carving.
In 1978 Alfred apprenticed under Lloyd Wadhams, a prominent Kwakwaka’wakw artist also from Alert Bay, who is now deceased. Lloyd taught Alfred the art of jewelry carving, using silver and gold as his mediums.
Alfred’s style is traditionally Kwakwaka’wakw depicting motifs that are common to the mythology. Alfred is a well respected artist in the native community as he avidly preserves the carving traditions of his ancestors for future generations.