Wayne Bell – Traditional Cedar Weaving

Wayne Bell is a First Nations artist who creates woven objects that are both functional and attractive. He produces Cedar Baskets, Woven Cedar Headdresses, Woven Cedar Regalia (rope, capes and other costume items) and carves Cedar Masks.  Wayne’s tribal group is the Mamalilikulla of Village Island, of which he is the Hereditary Chief, and he was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.  He was taught the art of Cedar Weaving by his grandmother Katie Ferry, and his grandfather taught him how to carve fish clubs.

Wayne travels extensively teaching the art of Cedar Weaving, and has been teaching in the school district for the past 14 years.  Articles about Wayne and his work have appeared in The Campbell River Mirror; he has displayed his work at the Campbell River Museum as part of a basketry exhibit and has proudly participated in the P.N.E. Parade where he wore his newly carved Eagle Mask.  He currently resides in Campbell River.

Wayne’s basketry and other First Nations art can be found in the Museum Shop.  Featured here is one of his clam baskets, made from red cedar strips.  For further information call 250-287-3103.

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