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Moy Sutherland

Nuu-chah-nulth

Moy Sutherland (Hiish-Miik) is from Ahousat within the Nuu-chah-nulth territory on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He comes from a very traditional family where the Nuu-chah-nulth culture is a large part of everyday life.

As a boy Moy was very interested in the artistic expressions of his people. He felt that creating art was spiritually rewarding and educational. Moy first learned the principles of carving from Joe Wilson in Alert Bay, B.C. Upon mastering the techniques, he moved home to learn more about the Nuu-chah-nulth style from both Kwagiulth and Nuu-chah-nulth artists. Moy became the only apprentice of Art Thompson.

He has used these experiences to broaden his understanding of all Native art forms. Although he is careful to stay within the traditional rules and values of his culture, he strives to find ways to set himself apart from other artists. He is exploring different media such as metals, gemstones, and silkscreen prints.