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Strength, Courage, Fairness, Introspection
The symbol of strength and possessing many human qualities, the bear is a high ranking figure. The Haida believe that some of their animal totem symbols could transform from animal form to human form and back at will.
A well-known legend is that of a woman who was abducted by a bear. Eventually, she married the bear and gave birth to twin cubs who, in human form, grew up to become powerful chiefs.
Sammy Dawson was born in Alert Bay, BC in the year 1976. He belongs to the Kwakwaka'wakw People. While growing up in Alert bay Sammy had early on started to watch the local carvers and his grandfather Chief William Robertson create masks and other carvings for the local potlatches.
He started carving his first piece when he was 12 years old. Later he apprenticed under Simon Dick as well as with Eddie McDougal and worked together with many local carvers.
Today he carves Masks, drums as well as larger totems and other ceremonial pieces. He is a leader amongst his peers and has become a very collectable artist that is represented in many of the top native art galleries.