Bronze Posts Project Artists Chosen
February 11, 2017
Haida artist TJ Young, Tlingit artist Stephen Jackson and Tsimshian artist Mike Dangeli will create the carvings, which will be prominently and publicly displayed in front of the Walter Soboleff Building on Seward Street in Juneau.
TJ Young working on a totem pole now installed at Gajaa Hít in Juneau
“We have pieces by the masters at the Walter Soboleff Building, and now we are showing the world that our culture lives on through our younger generation of emerging, master Northwest Coast artists,” said SHI President Rosita Worl. “Our culture and our art are alive, thriving and evolving.”
The pieces are slated for installation in 2018.
Mike Dangeli is of the Nisga’a, Tlingit, Tsetsaut, and Tsimshian nations. He is of the Beaver Clan and carries the names Goothl Ts’imilx ("Heart of the Beaver House" in Nisga’a) and Teettlien ("Big Wave" in Tlingit). Mike trained under the leaders of his family to be a Sim’oogit (hereditary chief) among the Nisga’a. Mike recently moved from Vancouver, BC, to Juneau and works as a commissioned-based artist. His commissions are primarily by private clients and indigenous people who use his work in ceremony and for their dance groups. Mike co-leads The Git Hayetsk Dancers with his wife, Dr. Mique’l Dangeli.
TJ Young is Haida of the Yaadaas Eagle Clan of the Kaigani Haida in Hydaburg on Prince of Wales Island. His Haida name is Sgwaayaans, which means “Breakwater.” In recent years, TJ—working with his brother, Joe Young—has carved several major projects including a 40-foot totem pole for the Sitka National Historical Park and a 32-foot crest pole for the Hydaburg Totem Park. The duo also carved an Eagle totem at the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) in 2009 through a project commissioned by SHI and UAS. In 2013, TJ and his brother won a contract from SHI to carve two totem poles and a screen for the Gajaa Hít building in Juneau’s Indian Village.
Stephen Jackson began carving with his father, the acclaimed Tlingit artist Nathan Jackson, in high school and worked as a visual artist based in Alaska as Stron Softi, with solo exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum and the Anchorage Museum, exhibiting in Zurich and Brussels before pursuing his undergraduate education in New York. He obtained a BA in art history and visual arts from Columbia University in 2013 and subsequently went on to receive an MFA in visual arts from Columbia University in 2015.
Sealaska Heritage Institute stated in a news release that the project is a part of their ongoing effort to make Juneau the Northwest Coast art capital of the world.
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