Chief Sam Henderson

Our ancestors guide us...
Some of the artists in this exhibition are no longer with us. A special thank you to those individuals who have loaned us these artists’ artwork from their private collections. We appreciate your generosity in allowing them to be part of Hitlisita’um "the copper will be fixed" exhibition.

Artist Bio

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Chief Sam Henderson, born in Blunden Harbour, was a self-taught Kwakwaka’wakw Northwest Coast carver. Chief Henderson was raised to respect his heritage, traditions and knowledge toward cultural protocols and in turn gifted these values to his children.

A master in “making wood speak”, he mentored many including his sons Master Carver, Bill Henderson and the late, Mark Henderson, a well-respected painter who was best known for his complex and methodical portrayal of Kwakiutl legends. One of the many totems Chief Sam Henderson carved was the Kwakiutl Bear Pole in 1966 as part of the B.C. Centennial Route of the Totems.