Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Sea Otter Bracelet


  • Medium: 18kt gold
  • Size: 0.5 × 6 inches
  • Reference Code: W81105

Nicholas Galanin

Tlingit, Aleut

(1979- )

I remember countless night of my father working quietly at this bench, and it always intrigued me to see the work he created, to learn how important it was to him, and to observe the use of his tools. Being in his shop was like being a kid in a toy store. My father [Dave Galanin] and my uncle [Will Burkhart] allowed me to work with their carving tools and answered my questions. Growing up, they had watched their grandfather, George Benson, working on large projects for the community in his shop.