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Greg A. Robinson, Chinook Nation

Greg A. Robinson is a member of the Chinook Nation located in Bay Center, Washington. Primarily self taught, Robinson has been an artist since childhood, with an early fascination for wildlife and tribal art after receiving a small carved canoe as a gift.

Robinson produces a variety of work in the style of the Chinookan peoples of the middle to lower Columbia River and Willapa Bay. Working primarily in wood, large stone, bone and hide, he draws inspiration and technical knowledge from the study of ancient works in various private and museum collections, including the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon and The Burke Museum, Seattle Washington.

In 2005, Robinson received the Department of the Interior’s Cooperative Conservation Award for his leadership and involvement in the planning and building of the authentic Chinookan Cathlapotle Plankhouse in Ridgefield, Washington.

Robinson also teaches tribal members a variety of carving, painting, and design techniques as an instructor in the Lifeways cultural program of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

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