Ross Henderson has been carving since the age of 16. His great grandfather is Gidion Whonnock, a world renowned totem pole carver. At a young age Henderson had the opportunity to see his grandfather working and began learning traditional songs from Chief Frank Nelson while participating in potlaches and cultural events.
He started carving at the Thunderbird Park Carving Shed, on the Royal British Columbia Museum grounds in Victoria, BC. In his current practice he is inspired to create paddles, Hamat’sa masks and totem poles.
“I will continue to carve with respect to the ways my father has taught me with the proper protocol in the way things are done. I will do my best to preserve and restore what I can of my culture as I feel an obligation to make sure there will be something left for my children and for future generations of the Kwakwala speaking people.” – Ross Henderson