Norman Jackson is of the Tongass Tlingit Nation and was born in Ketchikan, Alaska in 1957. His lineage is from his mother who is of the Tongass Tlingit Hoots Hits Bear House of Southern Alaska. His father is Ka Gwan tan Tlingit of Klukwan, Alaska.
Norman studied at the Kitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in Hazelton, B.C., and received advance training in carving from the K-San School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in Hazelton, and in metal engraving from the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan.
The magnificence reflected in Norman Jackson’s art is not unexpected. He is a recognized Master Artist in metal engraving by the Alaska State Council on the Arts Master Apprentice Grant and has received numerous honors for his excellence in wood carving. He has apprenticed with Master Artists, Dempsey Bob and Phil Janze, and has been invited to pass on his knowledge by participating in several symposiums on professional carving. Norman’s work is held in major collections ,and his work was represented in a traveling exhibition called “A Treasured Heritage” by the Institute of Alaska Native Arts.