Brian Bob

Wood Carver, First Nations

Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, Canada • Snawnaw'as Coast Salish Nation

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Brian Bob's Indian name is Qwuyutsapool, a Nuu-chah-nulth derived tradional name which translates in English to 'policer of the wolves'.

Brian honours the heritage of both his mother and father in his work. His mother, Fran Touchie, is from the Nuu-chah-nulth nation which practiced whaling from traditional dugout cedar canoes on the rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island.

It is also out of respect and honour for his father, Wilson Bob, the hereditary chief of the Snaw-naw-as (Nanoose Bay) Nation, that urges Brian to humbly aspire to return to native teachings.

Through the mediums of wood, gold and silver, Brian captures the spirit of Northwest Coast Native Art.

Respect for a circular way of life has been taught in his family. The gift each creature brings to the world is honoured by his work.

Artist Statement

'Aspire to be One' is a concept in which Brian wishes to demonstrate the significance of 'Oneness with the Creator' and 'Oneness with all Life'.