Halibut Ceremonial Bowl by Alex McCarty, Makah nation
Halibut Ceremonial Bowl by Alex McCarty, Makah Nation abalone, old growth red cedar, pigment 18" long x 8.5" wide x 3.5" deep
Makah artist Alex McCarty is an artist from the Neah Bay, Washington at the tip of the Olympic Peninsula. His great grandfather was chief of one of the five original villages in Neah Bay. He has obtained two degrees from the Evergreen State College and currently teaches woodcarving in a full year program there. After working on a diorama of the Ozette village for the Makah Museum he fell in love with carving, especially in the traditional way. Because it was his job to create as accurate of a diorama as possible Alex had to know the village inside and out and this gave his great insight for his art.
Through his carvings Alex tries to preserve the history of the Makah people as true as possible. He worked hard to understand the essence of the culture before he tried to replicate the artwork. Alex’s work is very indicative of the bold sweeping lines that are incorporated in Native art. He hopes with his art he can create and pass on the skills to keep the culture alive.