The late Michael Brown was born in 1958 and comes from the Haida Eagle clan of Old Massett, Haida Gwaii and Hydaburg, Alaska. He grew up in Old Massett and started carving argillite at the young age of 16, using his grandfather’s handmade tools.
With a carving career of over 35 years, Michael was quoted saying that for him carving is part of the traditional experience of being Haida. “I just didn’t want to lose the culture and heritage. Carving is a way to stay connected.”