Artist Profile :: Harold Isaac
Harold is a Carrier Sekani First Nations person born in Vanderhoof, British Columbia
in 1953. He grew up on the Nak'azdli Reservation near Fort St. James, British Columbia. Harold has a son, three
daughters, and five grandsons.
Harold is a member of the frog clan within the Carrier territory. His spirit name is "Hawk" given to him by a
Cree Medicine Man during a fasting ceremony. He learned early in life about his culture and spirituality. He is fortunate to
have parents who were active in the Carrier culture by trapping, hunting and fishing. He takes this knowledge and applies it
to his own life in many different ways. He now works at passing his knowledge down to the younger generations.
Harold is a self-taught artist, writer and drum maker. He started in 1994 when he was inspired by the creativeness and talent of other drum
makers and artists. Harold has made many drums and now has drums in many parts of the world.
Harold works out of his house where he makes the drum frames and cuts the hides. He also has a studio where he does the artwork and finishing work.
He has his own unique style of artwork and uses acrylic paints.
Harold attends art shows, pow wows, conferences, and other native functions to sell his drums and artwork. He continues to learn
about his native culture and spirituality. He is now one of the most sought after drum makers in British Columbia, Canada.
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