Ken Humpherville

October 31, 1947 – August 9, 2014

Ken Humpherville, a Metis Cree was born 1947 in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. At age 3 his parents moved to British Columbia, eventually settling in Prince Rupert, the ancestral home of the Tsimshian Nation. This has been Ken’s life long home and he has been adopted by the Eagle House of the Gispaloats. He has been given the name “N’da Xamoodum St’sool” which translates “Beaver Who Helps another Beaver”. For many years Ken made a living as a carpenter contractor and a value added forestry worker. In 1994 Ken was invited to participate in an art show in Portland Oregon, and in 1996 began to carve, paint, and design as a full time occupation.

Ken’s art focus was on traditional Ts’msyen art and with due respect to his adopted family always tried to bring honorable representation to a great art tradition. Ken’s work has been acquired by many North Coast art Collectors and he has also participated in juried Native art shows in Portland Oregon and Los Angeles California, winning first place prizes at both shows.