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Mark Henderson

Mark is from the Wai-wai-kum Band of the Kwakiutl people at Campbell River, B.C. He was born in 1953 and is deeply involved in the art and culture of his
community. Mark began painting at the age of eleven and was taught by his father Sam Henderson who was originally from Blunden Harbor. In the summer Mark works as a commercial salmon fisherman off the west coast of Vancouver Island and in the winter he paints. He has a unique style related to the old art of the Kwakiutl people, noticeably seen in the carvings of Mungo Martin, Henry Speck and in the numerous carvings in and around Alert Bay, B.C.



"Bookwus (Wildman of the
woods) was Human in form and
lurked on the edges of the
forests and streams. There he
tried to persuade Humans to eat
food offered to them, after
which they would become like
him, a ghost. He would go the
Beaches to eat cockles, his
favorite food. He was
associated with the spirits of
people who had drowned and
who hovered near him." - M.H.
Price $ 210.00 cdn

out of print

Raven transformation

"The Raven is a crest that belongs to my family on my mother's side, May Henderson (Quocksister). We
believe the Raven to be the trickster of all the bird clan, able to transform himself into whatever he wants at
any time he chooses to do so. It is also believed that the Raven brought the sun and the moon to earth.
This dance-screen design shows Raven revealing a human image, and also a Sisiuti, which is a three-headed
serpent." -- Mark Henderson
With this design Mark has successfully captured the moment of transformation between Raven and human.
Size 18 3/4" X 15"
Edition 66/160
Price $155.00 Cdn

out of print.


Swimming Salmon

Price $175.00 Cdn
Size 20" X 18"

Edition 60/125

out of print

Sitting Wolf"

There are several different legends and names for wolves among the Kwakwala speaking people. They did not kill the wolves for fear that some
of them had human spirits within them. The wolf in this design (originally
painted on a drum) represents four wolves had super-natural powers. A Hamatsaman had died and was taken into the woods by these wolves who were in human form at the time. They brought
the Hamatsa man back to life and told him 'You must live a good, clean life and bathe every day in the river or you will die again.' So in the potlatch, the wolf is shown as part of the cedar bark ceremony and is also a crest in our family." - M.H.
Price $315.00
Size 20" X 21 1/4"
Edtion 68/115





Price $195.00 Cdn
Size 28" X 11"