Innovative master artist Norman Tait is widely celebrated for the exquisite craftsmanship and beauty of his work. The designs are clean, the carving is immaculate and expressive. But more than that, his pieces evoke strong feelings in people who see them. Because he’s a storyteller, speaking in an authentic, distinctive Nisga’a voice. Norman Tait’s style is like no other; unique yet respectful of the Tsimshian tradition that is his cultural foundation. Early influences – Freda Diesing (design), Gerry Marks (silver engraving) and his father, Josiah Tait (poles) – contributed to Norman becoming the foremost Nisga’a artist working in wood, precious metals and graphics. His poles have been raised around the world, in places like Port Edward, Chicago, London, Osaka, Stanley Park and UBC’s Museum of Anthropology.
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