Published on August 13, 2014 by Amy
Norman Tait’s interest in Nisga’a art was sparked through the family traditions and oral histories he experienced as a boy. He is the son of acclaimed carver, Josiah Tait, and is the brother of Chief Alver Tait, who is also a celebrated Nisga’a carver. Norman Tait went to a residential school in Edmonton, completed highschool in Prince Rupert and then had a brief career as a millwright. In 1973, he established himself as a wood carver with the production and raising of the first Nisga’a pole in over fifty years. He carved this pole with his father. Since then, he has carved a pole for the Field Museum in Chicago (1982), a pole for Britain’s royal family, which stands in London’s Bushy Park (1992), and numerous poles around Vancouver. In 2012, Norman was given the British Columbia Creative Lifetime Achievement Award in Aboriginal Art. In addition to being a carver in metals and woods, Norman is also an expert on Nisga’a art and culture. Since the mid-1970s, Norman has travelled through B.C. and around the world to research Nisga’a art and history. He is also one of the few practicing shamans among the Nisga’a.
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