Published on January 29, 2014 by Amy
Leo Marks is Raven, Sockeye of the Raven moiety, the Lukaax.ádi clan, and the child of the Chookaneidí. His Tlingit name is aak’e éesh. He was named after Dennis Isaac and is the son of Emma and Willie Marks.
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Leo, a Tlingit, has carved for more than 40 years and is considered a master wood carver and silversmith. He was taught by his father, Willie Marks, from childhood.
He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks and studied for four years under Ron Sanugatuk in the silversmith program. In 1972, Leo won 1st place in the All Alaska Juried Art Show for his silversmith work. He also represented the Juneau Indian Studies Program in the 1974 Worlds Fair doing carving demonstrations.
Mediums include silver, wood and paint. He specializes in silver earrings, pendants, small totems up to 3 feet, plaques, staffs, paddles, original paintings and clan-crest designs.
He is a member of the Marks Trail Dancers.