My given name is Arthur John Sterritt and my traditional name is Galagmlaha of the House of WahMoodmx, from the Gitga’at tribe of the Tsimshian nation.
Since the age of 16, I have been involved in the art of jewellery – engraving and wood carving – from teachings from my father, Arthur W. Sterritt. I’ve been engraving copper, silver and gold since 1986. In 1998, after attending the Gemological Institute of America, I became a certified jeweller and gem setter.
I have also worked on three totem poles with my father. In 1994, I assisted him with carving a 20 foot totem pole for the Commonwealth Games in Victoria. In 2011, I assisted him with carving a 15-foot totem pole for a private collector, and also an 18-foot memorial totem pole for my grandfather, in Hartley Bay.
Since 2012, I have been painting and carving wood with the help from instructors from the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. Studying with instructors such as Dempsey Bob, Stan Bevan, Ken McNeil and Dean Heron have allowed me to create masks, paddles, spoons and bowls.
My years as a certified jeweller, and now wood carver give me a sense of pride in knowing that my vision of Northwest Coast art will be passed on from generation to generation.
Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, 2014. Artist photo courtesy Dean Heron.
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