Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
David Albert Boxley

David Albert Boxley

Tsimshian

(1952- )


David Albert Boxley (b. 1952), is an American artist from the Tsimshian nation, an American Indian group in southeast Alaska. He is best known for carving totem poles. Boxley was born in the Tsimshian community of Metlakatla, Alaska, where he was raised by his grandparents. He is a member of the Laxsgiik (Eagle clan).

His four Tsimshian names include one meaning “First to Potlatch” and one meaning “He Who Works with the Cedar.”

He was trained in Northwest Coast art by Jack Hudson. He received a B.S. from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle in 1974.

By the 1980s Boxley and his sons, Zachary and David R. Boxley, lived in Kingston, Washington. He is married to Lorene (Hanlon) Boxley, a Tlingit Native Alaskan whose family is from Hoonah, Alaska.

He has carved over 65 totem poles.


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