Published on December 2, 2010 by John
David Robert Boxley (born July 27, 1981), also known as D. Robert Boxley, is an Alaskan artist and totem-pole carver from the Tsimshian Indian community of Metlakatla in southeast Alaska. He is the son of the carver David A. Boxley, his mentor. His mother, Elizabeth, is non-Native, but was adopted into the Tsimshian Laxsgiik (Eagle clan).
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His former Tsimshian name was Lapaaygm xsgyiik, which means “He Who Flies Like the Eagle” in the Tsimshian language.
In 1999 he, along with his brother, Zach, was adopted into the Laxgyibuu (Wolf Clan), House of T’ałm Ha’ax, by Doreen Nathan, his father’s aunt. This was done to correct his Eagle clan affiliation since he had to have an opposite clan from his father, David A. Boxley. (Tsimshian Indians follow the matralineal tradition of most Northwest Coast tribes.)
He was given the name Gyibaawm laxha, which means “Wolf of the Sky”. This was to honor his new clan, but also to pay homage to his father, and his former clan, the Laxsgyiik (Eagle clan).
By the 1980s he was living with his parents and brother Zachary in Kingston, Washington.
Since 2000, he has carved sixteen totem poles with his father and carved his first solo totem pole in 2005.