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Tommy Joseph
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Artist Tommy Joseph models his Tlingit Body ArmorTommy Joseph is of the Eagle Moiety, Kaagwaantaan Clan. He has been actively engaged in Northwest Coast carving since the 1980s as an instructor, interpreter, demonstrator and as a commissioned artist.

He has produced a wide range of artwork including 35-foot totems, smaller house posts, intricately carved and inlaid masks and a wide range of bentwood containers. He also has replicated Tlingit ceremonial at.oow (treasured objects) and armor.

Since the early 1990s, he has been in charge of the carving shop at the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center in Sitka, demonstrating and interpreting Northwest Coast art for the many thousands of tourists who visit during the summer months. In addition, he has been employed by the National Park Service to restore and replicate some pieces in the Park's extensive collection of totem poles.

Recent totem pole commissions include:



20-foot pole for Shee Atika Inc., Sitka

20-foot pole for Sitka Community Schools, Sitka
2002 4-foot crest pole, Pennsylvania

8-foot crest pole, Sitka

15-foot reproduction house post, Sitka
2001 35-foot Haa Kuteeya (Raven), Petersburg

17-foot crest pole, Petersburg
2000 35-foot Haa Kuteeya (Eagle), Petersburg

10-foot pole, private collector, Anchorage
1999 35-foot Kiks.adi K'alyaan Memorial Pole, Kiks.adi Clan, Sitka
1998 15-foot reproduction Chief Saanheit house post, National Park Service, Sitka
1997 10-foot Strongman pole, Alaska Indian Cultural Center, Sitka
1996 35-foot Haa leelk'u Kaa sta heeni deiyi (Indian River) pole, Sitka Clans, Sitka
1994 20-foot pole, Veterans Administration, Anchorage
1992 20-foot pole, private collection, Sitka

15-foot pole, private collection, Sitka
1991 5-foot pole, private collection Iowa

Other commissions:



35-foot traditional Tlingit canoe
1997 4-foot model canoe for Moore House, Skagway
1996 Shaman reburial bentwood box, Sitka