Michael John Brown was born in 1958 and comes from the Haida Eagle clan of Hydaburg, Alaska and Old Massett, Haida Gwaii. We were very sad to hear of his passing recently, and want to extend our deepest condolences to Mike’s family and friends. We will remember his inspiring words and beautiful works of art forever. Below are some photos of some of Mike’s pieces that Crystal Cabin has acquired and treasured over the years.
Michael grew up in Old Massett and started carving argillite at the young age of 16, using his grandfather’s handmade tools.
Sought after by several private art collectors and museums, Mike’s work has traveled all around the world and admired by many. The uniqueness of Mike’s work has been seen in his ability to transform a Haida story into his style while maintaining close values to traditional Haida formline.
Some museums have been so dazzled by his pieces due to his style that looks so similar to the ancient pieces from their collections. His carvings showcase beautiful lines of certainty and strength.
“My grandfather told me many stories while growing up and it’s important to share this history with others”
“I just didn’t want to lose the culture and heritage. Carving is a way to stay connected”
“You need to feel the energy of the stone. It’s a cool feeling. Without this energy, it’s not as motivating to carve.”
“Practice makes perfect, don’t be afraid to keep on trying."
“If we don’t keep carving, we’re going to lose it...”