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Troy Roberts

Kwakwaka'wakw
 
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Troy Roberts

Kwakwaka'wakw
 

From the beginning, Troy Roberts has been influenced by his cultural heritage when he learned the dances and myths of his forefathers under the guidance of the late Elizabeth Kwaksistala.  He is a descendant from Weiwakum First Nations chiefs, and first became aware of his artistic gift through the inspiration of Willie Seaweed and his carving style.

Troy has been involved in several projects and, in 1993, participated in the creation of the "KlineeQwala" (Lightening Speed) canoe.  In addition, he was a part of the crew that paddled this same canoe 270 miles from Campbell River to the Qatuwa Festival in Bella Bella.

In some respects, Troy is very much a traditionalist with his deep carvings and distinctly dynamic colours.  Some of his favourite subjects include transformation figures typical of the Kwakwaka'wakw mythology.  He is a precise and careful artist who takes the time to finish his work well as he takes great pride in every piece.  His creations are a part of North American private and public collections

Troy is determined to continue this tradition with his two sons, Nathan and Tyrone, and expand his skill as a true First Nations aritisan who honours his centuries-old heritage. 


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