David Boxley

David Boxley is a Tsimshian carver from Metlakatla, Alaska. Born in 1952, he was raised by his grandparents who taught him many Tsimshian traditions including the language. After high school he attended Seattle Pacific University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1974. He became a teacher and basketball coach to junior and senior high students in Alaska and Washington.

In 1979, while teaching in Metlakatla, he began to the study traditional Tsimshian carving, learning the traditional carving methods of his grandfather’s people through in-depth research of ethnographic material and carvings from various museum collections. In 1986 he made a major career decision to leave the security of teaching and to devote all of his energies toward carving and researching the legacy of Northwest Coast Indian art.

David is a nationally recognized Indian artist showing and demonstrating his art throughout the United States and Europe. In 1990, during the Goodwill Games Boxley was commissioned to carve the crown of a "Talking Stick." His carving of a unified American eagle and a Russian bear became a symbol of peace and harmony between the United States and Soviet Union and was an important part of the summer's Goodwill Games. Messages from President George Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev were inserted in a hollowed portion of the talking stick and athletes carried the stick from Spokane through Washington and Oregon to Seattle for the opening ceremonies. David’s functional and decorative pieces such as bentwood boxes, rattles, masks, prints and panels are in collections of the King and Queen of Sweden, the Emperor of Japan, the President of West Germany, the Mayor of Chongging (China), Microsoft, Walt Disney World, Knott's Berry Farm and numerous other private collectors of fine Northwest Coast art.

In addition to producing the finest quality Northwest Coast Native art, David remains very involved in preserving and spreading Tsimshian culture. He has led several Native dance groups, including the Seattle based Tsimshian Haayuuk. Most recently, he is the leader of Git-hoan (People of the Salmon) Native Dance Group.

David’s original Northwest Coast Native design prints are featured at Arctic Spirit. His carved works are by commission only.

"Wolf" Print by David Boxley