Collector Print: Wolf Mother by Jack Hudson, Alaskan Tsimshian
by Jack Hudson, Alaskan Tsimshian
silkscreen, edition of 250
23" tall x 22" deep
John (Jack) Hudson comes from the “Gitnachangeek” tribe of the Coastal Tsimshian Indians, from British Columbia, Canada, and is a member of the wolf clan. Hudson was born in Metlakatla, Alaska in 1936; a direct descendant of John and Mary Hudson, who were among the earliest pioneers of Metlakatla. In 1887 a large group of Tsimshian Indians left British Columbia and settled at “New Metlakatla” in Southeast Alaska. Hudson has been artistic and creative since grade school, but was not really exposed to Northwest Coast Indian art until 1965. At that time his artistic career began in earnest. Hudson has spent a lot of time researching the art and culture of the Tsimshian, in an effort to revive much of a lost artistic legacy. Since then, Hudson has become an accomplished wood carver, silver engraver, and master of the Coastal Tsimshian art form. With the same intensity that Hudson works in the traditional mediums, he is working with prints to depict Coastal Tsimshian art and its legends. Hudson has been working diligently to forward the art and knowledge of Tsimshian culture for the last 40 years. The influence of his work is reflected by its presence in numerous public and private collection both in the states and internationally.