(1966 – Present, Coast Salish-Kwakwaka’wakw)
Born in 1966 in North Vancouver, Klatle-Bhi (pronounced ‘klath-bay’) is an artist of Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw ancestry. His name was given to him by his grandmother, Emily Baker, and translates to, “head killer whale of the pod.” Klatle-Bhi has been carving since the early eighties, having spent much of his life studying the works of his ancestors displayed in local museums and galleries. He apprenticed with Kwakwaka’wakw master carver Simon Dick for two years, and later studied under Beau Dick, Wayne Alfred, and Wade Baker.
Klatle-Bhi has developed a highly distinctive and original carving style over the course of his lengthy career. He describes his carving as a spiritual and cultural expression of his ancestors, as well as an exploration of his own personal and spiritual journeys. In 2002, Klatle-Bhi was commissioned to carve a 22-foot totem pole for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Today his work can be found in collections worldwide, including the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Klatle-Bhi also strives to maintain the language, dances, and songs of his ancestors by participating in traditional activities.