Dennis Pollard was born in Skidegate, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. Skidegate is located on the southeast coast of Graham Island, the largest island in the archipelago. Dennis’ family comes from the Tanuu village. His crest is Eagle and his family is the last of the Eagles of Tanuu. Dennis is the nephew of Chief Gitkun, Reg Young.
Dennis began carving at the age of 5 under the guidance of his mother Shirley and uncles Jackie and Glen Pollard. He has tried many different mediums but he prefers Argillite to all others. Argillite is found only in Slate Chuck Mountain on Haida Gwaii and requires a full day’s journey to retrieve it. Those extracting Argillite are only permitted to take as much as they can carry. Dennis tries to return with 150 pounds of the heavy yet fragile material on each trip.
The pieces created by this artist are a testament to his strong cultural ties, natural talents and the accomplished teachers that have helped him hone his craft.