Bruce Alfred

Country/Region: Northwest Coast

Tribe: Kwakwaka'wakwBruce Alfred, a Kwakwaka'wakw artist of the Namgis band, was born August 24, 1950, in Alert Bay, British Columbia. Immersed in the traditional practices of the Kwakwaka'wakw culture, he was raised and currently resides in Alert Bay. Bruce stems from a long line of prominent artists. He is first cousins with the renowned Hunt brothers. Throughout his career he has worked with such prominent artists as Wayne Alfred, Beau Dick and Richard Hunt. World-renowned artist, Doug Cranmer was instrumental in teaching Alfred the elements of design and engraving and introduced him to the art of steam-bending wood boxes and chests. Alfred has been a part of many monumental projects, including the replica building of a Haida village, headed by Bill Reid and Doug Cranmer. Additionally, he contributed to the carving of a 30-foot totem pole for his village.

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