My Haida name is T’saak Ka Juu (Singing Eagle) and my birth name is Andrea Cook. I am from Hydaburg, Alaska, but currently reside in Juneau.
I have practiced the art of Formline since I was 13 years old. Formline has represented my peoples stories, history, and world view long before our language was put into the written form of Xaad Kil. Which is what motivates me to continue my growth as a Haida artist. I have not yet had a mentor in Formline; But I have received tips from several other artists which has greatly improved my form over the years. I warmly welcome advice from mentors and hope to be an apprentice one day.
In 2018 I began working under Tlingit Master Carver, Wayne Price at the University of Alaska Southeast, where I currently am studying to receive my Associates of Arts Degree. With Wayne’s guidance I have made my own carving tools, learned how make bentwood boxes, feast bowls, and spoons. He has also allowed me to help paint his Healing Totem in May 2019 after recognizing my skill in painting.
My specialty is painting. I have painted dance aprons, drums, canvas, panels and carved works. I love making art that is used, I believe that each piece I create has a spirit.
I am only just beginning my career as a Haida artist and I am eager to delve into my life’s endeavours. I come from a long line of Haida Master Carvers including Dwight Wallace and his son John Wallace who are my late grandfathers. To continue my family’s line of artistry is my true passion.