TLINGIT TOTEM CARVER YÉIL YÁDI (NATHAN JACKSON) BORN
Nathan, whose traditional name means “Raven Child,” was born into the Sockeye Clan on the Raven side of the Chilkoot-Tlingit tribe in southeastern Alaska. After military service in 1959, Jackson started carving miniature totem poles during a bout with pneumonia. Discovering his artistic talents, he attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Meeting carver Duane Pasco, he was inspired to carve large pieces–totem poles, wood panel clan crests, masks, canoes, and doors. His work is found in museums in the United States and abroad. He has taught apprentices through the Alaska’s Arts Council’s Master Artist and Apprenticeship program, offered workshops and demonstrations, and represented Alaska at festivals around the country. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist Award (2009), and an honorary doctorate in humanities from the University of Alaska Southeast.
Source: "NEA National Heritage Fellowships: Nathan Jackson," National Endowment for the Arts, 1995. Retrieved 7/11/2019, www.arts.gov. National Endowment for the Arts. https://www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/nathan-jackson Photo: Thomas Leih, 8/13/2012. Permissive Use.