Ahtsik Native Art Gallery: Original Northwest Coast Indian Art


Come visit our beautiful Cedar gallery on the Pacific Rim highway heading out of Port Alberni towards Tofino (hwy 4) on Vancouver Island. Ahtsik Native Art Gallery opened December 13th 2008. I am, Gordon Dick, the Artist and Owner of Ahtsik Native Art Gallery. I carved the Kingfisher design of the front entrance as well as the Eagle and Wolf posts that represent my Grandparents. You are welcome to come and see me create original Northwest Coast Art inside the gallery. In warmer months, you can come and see larger Wood projects being carved just outside the gallery, such as a totem pole. I sell many other local First Nations Artists’ Canadian Indian Art work from World Renowned to up and coming. Commissions are accepted.

Contact Information

Gordon Dick
7133A Pacific Rim Highway
Port Alberni, B.C.
V9Y 8Y4


phone 250-723-DICK(3425)
fax 250-723-3477
1-888-3AHTSIK (248745)

Open 10:30am - 5pm Thur, Fri, Sun, Mon & Tues

Closed Sat and Wed

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Samuel Haiyupis

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Samuel was born in 1960 in the village of Ahousaht. Ahousaht is located on Flores Island off the west coast of Vancouver Island, BC.
Sam has always had a love for art, particularly West Coast style. He began sketching wildlife at an early age. A friendship with Alan Wilson inspired him to explore and focus on the cultural forms of his ancestors.
Sam’s family is rooted in the traditions and teachings of the Nuu-chah-nulth people. The strength of family and the cultural teachings of his elders are very important to him. He was taught values of art, song, dance, medicine, hunting, and fishing.
In 2001 Samuel worked with Ben David. Ben showed Sam the basic Nuu-chah-nulth mask carving methods. Sam used this knowledge base to explore and refine his techniques and skill as well as develop his own style. In 2004 Sam began working with Morris Sutherland Jr. in Port Alberni. Sam continues to carve and draw continually exploring his love of the traditional Nuu-chah-nulth art forms.

“For me, having the ability to work with the materials and design of artists before me is one of the most uplifting connections with our ancestors. It is a very gratifying experience for me. It makes me think about how intelligent our ancestors were”.

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