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Child's Drum depicting Eagle with Salmon by Ken Decker, Tsimshian

Child's Drum depicting Eagle with Salmon by Ken Decker, Tsimshian

Regular price $350.00 Sale

Child's Drum depicting Eagle with Salmon
by Ken Decker, Tsimshian First Nation
hide, wood, pigment
10” diameter x 2.25” deep


Ken Decker is a Tsimshian artist born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. He is a member of the Wolf clan, one of four clans of the Tsimshian People of Southeast Alaska. Ken has been creating art for more than 20 years.

Ken is the grandson of James and Lillian Leask of Metlakatla, Alaska. He is proud of his heritage and views his art as a way of keeping the culture alive. His grandfather traveled in the first canoe from Old Metlakatla, British Columbia to the present day site of Metlakatla, Alaska. This is where the people migrated in 1887.

Ken has apprenticed as a carver under the direction of Master Carver Ernest Smeltzer. He first began taking classes in 1989. Ken now teaches classes and states that “teaching offers me a way to share the knowledge others gave me of traditional Northwest Coast art.”

Ken creates various traditional works including drums, prints, bentwood boxes, bowls, ceremonial hats, paddles, frontlets, halibut hooks, masks, regalia, rattles, and spoons.

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