Headdress depicting Wolf with Human by Ivan Otterlifter (1936-1999)
Headdress depicting Wolf with Human, c. 1980 by Ivan Otterlifter(1936-1999), adopted Tlingit red cedar, human hair, abalone inlay, pigment 8 1/2” tall x 13 1/4” long x 7 1/4” wide
Ivan Otterlifter (1936-1999)was born in the Pacific Northwest, and lived and worked in British Columbia. He began his full time art career in 1964, and continued until his death in 1999. He worked in wood carving, and as a silversmith. Though he carved works for sale, he carved work by commission for individual tribal members, and was eventually adopted by Tlingit tribe in the 1970's.