Tsimshian Artist David A. Boxley

David A. Boxley is an internationally celebrated Northwest Coast Native artist and the first Alaskan Tsimshian carver to achieve national prominence. Born in Metlakatla, he was raised by his grandparents, who taught him many Tsimshian traditions. David’s art has been inspired by his research of many carvings and other ethnographic materials from museum collections and it is from these collections that he learned the traditional carving methods of his people. He regularly brings the traditions he learned back to his home village and elsewhere and has been deeply involved in the revitalization of Tsimshian culture through teaching Sm’algya̱x (Tsimshian language), art, and carving. 

With his son, David R. Boxley, he created one of three monumental works for the Walter Soboleff Building: the cedar house front in the foyer, believed to be the largest piece of its kind in the world. It tells the story “Am’ala: He Who Holds Up the Earth.”