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Cherish Alexander was born on September 16, 1987 in Terrace, B.C. Her mother is of German and Tsimshian ancestry. Cherish follows her mother’s raven clan lineage. Her father is killer whale, and is predominately Gitxsan. Cherish became interested in traditional art at a very young age. She drew inspiration from the ancient totem poles located in her home community of Gitwangak. Her first carving was done in her wood-working class in high school. She took it upon herself to carve a small totem without any instruction. After high school Cherish attended the then newly established (2007) Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art at the Northwest community college of Terrace B.C. Cherish was the very first woman in a small class taught by renowned artists Stan Bevan, Dempsy Bob, and Ken Mcneil.