Tlingit Master Carver, Wayne Price, of Haines Alaska

Tlingit Master Carver & Artist
Silver Cloud Art Center
Haines, Alaska

Accomplished Native Alaskan Tlingit artist Wayne G. Price creates master quality fine art in the traditional Northwest coast style of the Tlingit Indian tribe.  Using master level skills in design and carving, Wayne’s artistic creations cover a broad range of traditional design and artifacts, including totem poles, canoes, masks, paddles, clan hats, and jewelry.  Wayne is held in high esteem for mastery of traditional Tlingit design, providing original art designs for public indoor and outdoor usage space, Native Corporations, private commission, and more. Northwest Coast form-line art is an intricate and complex style of totemic design, proportion, and space, and Wayne is an elite grand master of this ancient art. Unrivaled in his adzing capabilities in the finishing process of his carvings, Wayne can duplicate adzing patterns used by the old master carvers of his ancestors.

Wayne has carved 27 traditional totem poles and several non-traditional poles. Most recently in 2013,  2 ten feet tall house posts were designed and carved for the US Forest Service’s new science lab center in Juneau, to tell the story of the traditional land users - the Auk Kwan.  In 2012, a 40-foot totem designed and carved for residential school healing, was completed, and stands on Main St. in Whitehorse, Yukon.  The 40-foot “Kooteeyaa” was designed and carved for SEARHC, an Alaska Native health facility, telling the story of Native Wellness, and stands in the center of headquarters campus in Sitka. The 25 foot totem, “Our Grandchildren’s House”, was completed in 2008 for Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau.  Designed and carved to tell the story of nurturing the youth of today and tomorrow using education and culture, the pole stands in the school’s Commons area, the prominent position for greeting the public. 
The prestigious Japanese Hokaido Museum recently opened a Northwest Coast Native Art public exhibit, purchasing several pieces of Wayne’s carved wood and silver jewelry for their collection.  Wayne has carved 8 traditional dugout canoes.  The Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, and the Hokaido Museum in Japan each commissioned a carved dugout canoe to publicly display in their Northwest Coast collection.  Summer of 2009 Wayne instructed 19 Yukon First Nations youth, in a sobriety lifestyle carving culture camp, creating a dugout canoe on the banks of the Yukon River.  See story and photos on   Book publishers and documentary film producers often feature Wayne Price and his artwork to show exemplary traditional Native craftsmanship.  Wayne has completed several art and design projects for museums, art institutes, parks and schools, and often presents programs and instruction on traditional native art. Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City contracted Wayne to teach and demonstrate carving skills for public education programs. 

Wayne is the owner and Art Director of Silver Cloud Art Center in Haines, Alaska, and a fire-starter with White Bison ( The Red Road To Wellbriety Training Institute. Silver Cloud promotes sobriety lifestyle using tools of native culture, art, ceremony, and community.  Wayne’s way of life is strongly connected to his Tlingit ancestors tribal values.  He is committed to insuring the preservation of Tlingit art, culture, and traditions.