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Alfred, Tim - Musg̱_a̱_mdzi

Alfred, Tim - Musg̱_a̱_mdzi

(Herbert) Tim Alfred

Tim was born in Alert Bay, B.C. in 1967 and moved to the village of Fort Rupert, B.C. in 1985. His family tree includes the bands of Kwagu’ł (Fort Rupert), 'Na̱mǥis (Alert Bay), Ma'a̱mtagila (Itsekin and area), 'Mama̱liliḵa̱la (Village Island) and ſawit̕sis (Turnour Island).

In 1989, at a memorial potlatch for his brother, his mother’s family placed him in the family’s Chief position at the Big House in Alert Bay, where he received the name 'Mus-cum-tsi', which symbolizes the four clans of the Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw nation.

Tim first started carving in the world renowned Kwagu’ł style at the age of 20 and was mainly instructed by Stanley C. Hunt. Kwamxalagalis (Wayne Alfred), 'Walas G̱wa̱ʼya̱m (Beau Dick) and Tlasuti'walis Tlakwagila (Calvin Hunt) were also influences in his carving career. As a young artist he was able to learn techniques in making bentwood boxes, planking for cedar trees, carve masks, paddles, model canoes and making regalia for traditional use in the Gukwdzi (Big House).

Some of his other projects include two drums and twenty paddles he made for the Fort Rupert Elementary School in 1998. He has also done charity work for memorial trophies and made donations to various fund-raising events in his community, including the reconstruction auction to benefit work for the Gukwdzi (Big House) in 'Yalis (Alert Bay). His work sells to many galleries including sales to museums in 'Yalis (Alert Bay) and the Royal British Museum in Victoria.

Recently he has had the opportunity to work on totem poles with Tlasuti'walis Tlakwagila (Calvin Hunt), Mervyn Child and David Knox for the Kwakiutl Band daycare project in Kwagu’ł (Fort Rupert).

Tim Alfred
P.O. Box 1494
Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0
Tel: (250)-949-8325
e-mail: talfred@telus.net

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