Richard Sumner

Country/Region: Northwest Coast

Tribe: Kwakwaka'wakwRichard Sumner (b. 1956) was born and raised in Alert Bay on Cormorant Island just off the coast of Vancouver Island, BC. Richard began carving at the age of 18, experimenting with different traditional forms. In the summer of 1978, Richard had the good fortune to apprentice with Doug Cranmer. As part of the artistic team chosen to carve the beams and planks for the Big House of the U'Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay Richard refined his skills.

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