My technical background and formal schooling are in silversmithing and jewelry. Because of my personal interests and family history, the expressive content of my work is usually drawn from Northern native sources. Some pieces, such as the Raven Potlntch Spoon, have clearly evolved from culturally significant older objects. However, true Cultural continuity is more the expression of a world view than the duplication of historic objects. For example, old Athabaskan beliefs are animistic: everything in the natural world, whether animate or inanimate, has some degree of spiritual power. Within this belief system, the careful use of ivory, bone and antler is part of a broader pattern of respect for their animal origins. My goal is to produce metalwork that is both ontemporary and culturally relevant to the Far North.