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Rattle depicting Qwatxayu (Human) by Brian Perry, S'Klallam

Rattle depicting Qwatxayu (Human) by Brian Perry, S'Klallam

Regular price $1,400.00 Sale

Rattle depicting Qwatxayu (Human)
by Brian Perry, S'Klallam
alder, river pebbles, waxed cotton wrap

11" tall x 4" wide x 3.5" deep 
*custom made stand included

"My name is Brian Perry, I was raised on the Port Gamble S’Klallam Indian Reservation. I grew up around carvers but didn’t really start carving myself until September of 1998 when my sister introduced me to David Boxley.  I took three classes with Mr. Boxley, box making, formline design and masks.  It was a lot of fun taking classes with Mr. Boxley a lot of the people in the class were also in his dance group and often someone would say lets sing the carving song and some one would pick up a drum and they would all start singing.

Another person I learned a lot from was Ed Charles.  Mr. Charles apprenticed with Duane Pasco.   Ed worked a lot with me on Nuu Chah Nulth and Bella Coola styles.  Currently I have been learning from Duane Pasco and David Franklin.   David Franklin also apprenticed with Mr. Pasco and has become a good friend.  Duane married into my family so it has been real convenient for me to tap into his knowledge and expertise. I am grateful for all that I have learned from these guys.

My art has been exhibited in art galleries in Seattle, Portland and Olympia.  I have sold pieces to private collectors in New York, New Mexico and Pennsylvania as well as here in Washington.

For the past eighteen years I have been employed by the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.  My job title is fisheries technician IV.  I operate an autofish trailer for the NWIFC, which entails traveling to Western Washington Treaty salmon hatcheries and supervising tagging operations.

I am married and have two children.  Being a father and working in the Natural Resource field has made me aware of how fragile our environment and life is.  I love trying to capture the essence of god’s creatures great and small in my art form." - Brian Perry, 2006