David Boxley Tsimshian Northwest Coast Artist

David Boxley 2012 Totem Pole Installtion at The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

The totem pole is 22 feet long and carved from a red cedar log weighing 3,000 pounds. It was permanently installed at the Smithsonian on January 14th, 2012.


"Alaskan Indian woodcarver revives extinct totem art"
BBC News, 12 January 2012

"World renowned artist David Boxley and his son are carving a Tsimshian Alaskan Indian totem pole for a prominent American museum. With no skilled artists alive to instruct him in the traditional craft, Boxley had to learn on his own."

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BBC News, 12 January 2012

Photos by: David Parrish


The Git-Hoan (People of the Salmon) Native Dance Group performing at the 2012 Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C January 14, 2012 unveiling of the Boxley totem pole.

- slide show of that performance coming soon.



Tiny NW tribe to have totem pole installed at Smithsonian
King 5 Seattle News, December 27, 2011

Among the stately cedars of the Kitsap Peninsula, David Boxley is carving a niche for his people.

"I've been wishing for this since I heard the museum was going to happen," he said from the workspace outside his home in Kingston.

Boxley is a member of the Tsimshian tribe, located on a 10-mile-long island near Ketchikan, Alaska. Only about 10,000 members remain. Barely 100 still speak the native tongue.

"It's a culture than came close to disappearing," says Boxley.

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Interview with Native American Tsimshian Artist David Boxley
By Historian, Darren R. Reid -University of Dundee

"David Boxley, a Tsimshian artist from Alaska, has been producing high quality pieces of art for over twenty five years. In that time he has built up an international reputation having produced Totems (and other pieces) for a variety of high profile clients, including the Goodwill Games and, most recently, the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian."

[Read More at www.darrenreidhistory.co.uk/interview-with-native-american-tsimshian-artist-david-boxley ]


David Boxley 2010 SWAIA
(Southwest American Indian Artists) Residency Fellowship Winner

"I am very proud to have won this fellowship. It gives me the opportunity to not only come to Santa Fe for the first time to show my art and abilities, but as important, I will bring Tsimshian dancing, masks, drums, regalia and all. I am looking forward to sharing Northwest Native traditions with our friends in the Southwest." - David Boxley

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The 2010 SWAIA Honoring Reception poster, pictured at right, features David Boxleys' commissioned panel titled "Sea Bear."

The Git-Hoan (People of the Salmon) Native Dance Group will be performing during the 2010 SWAIA Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico August 21-22

News and Awards Contacting David Boxley