Published on January 27, 2014 by Amy
George Gardner is an Alaska Native, born and raised in southeast Alaska. He is a wood carver that designs and creates signature paddles, plaques and wall pieces of the Tlingit and Haida Tribes. George was taught to carve by his father and has been carving for over 20 years.
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Mr. Gardner is the son of George Gardner of Craig, Alaska, and the Late Geraldine Gardner. George is Tlingit and Haida Indian; he is Yéil Moiety, Duk’tool, Wéix’ and comes from the Taakwaaneidi Hi’t (Raven/Skulpin house) from the village of Sxwaan of the Hinyaa Kwaan (Klawock) people. He is Chankweidi Yadi the Child of the Haida people on his father’s side.
The Raven (Yeith) design is in honor of the trickster as it is Raven that brought us sun, moon and the stars to us. The Eagle is our honored half. His strength and commitment to our lands and people is experienced every day.
In Tlingit and Haida culture, a tribe is balance when it is represented by each Moeity; Raven and Eagle. Each piece of work carries the spirit and strength of the Eagle and Raven with it. That is why we never make an artwork without the eyes. The eyes are the gateway to the soul, without them, the spirit is soulless. Each beautiful creation is a signed by the artist.