We would like to thank the financial contributors to this project, which include the Port Gamble S’Klallam Community Awards Program, National Endowment for the Arts, The Hugh & Jane Ferguson Foundation, The Norcliffe Foundation, Potlatch Fund Native Arts, TriFam Foundation, and John A. Wott, PhD.
Hopi-Cheelth (Brian Perry) is a member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam tribe. Born in 1967, he was raised on the Port Gamble S’Klallam Indian Reservation in Washington State where he lived with his grandparents most of the time. His grandfather took him everywhere. He taught him how to hunt, fish, dig clams, smoke salmon, cut firewood, catch crab—basically everything a young boy needed to learn to become an appreciative and respectful man.
Brian grew up around carvers but did not really start carving himself until September of 1998, when he took three classes from David Boxley; box making, formline design, and masks. Brian has also studied under Ed Charles, Duane Pasco, and David Franklin.
His art has been exhibited in galleries in Seattle, Portland, and Olympia. He has sold pieces to private collectors in New York, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, as well as here in Washington.