William first learned weaving from his aunt, Betty Sampson, and later received formal training through the Alaska Native Heritage Centre. For the last ten years, he has focused on reviving ancient weaving techniques used in producing Chilkat. William has encouraged and trained many Tsimshian and other Northwest Coast First Nations in basketry, Raven’s Tail and Chilkat weaving. He is passionate about sharing the Tsimshian culture through his work. One of his Chilkat Robes is in the permanent collection at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, and his work has been exhibited in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and throughout the United States.
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