Walter Harris, Tsimshian artist (born on 10 June 1931 in Kispiox, BC; died on 12 January 2009).
Walter Harris, Tsimshian artist (born on 10 June 1931 in Kispiox, BC; died 12 January 2009). A hereditary chief of the Gitksan village of Kispiox, Harris is a senior artist at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Native Art at Ksan, Hazelton, BC. Versed in the culture of the Skeena River people, he helped to erect the traditional plank-and-beam woodcarving building at the school; later he taught in that building while fulfilling major commissions. Though a competent and prolific printmaker, Harris is primarily noted as a carver. His impressive "Mother of Grouse" pole at Kispiox commemorates his family's crests, replicating one that disappeared from his home village long ago.