Bill Helin

Bill Helin, Tsimshian artist, Native name is WeLaaxumYout. His artistry is largely self-taught, learning from books about new techniques, such as three dimensional metal forming called repousse. However, he did attend the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in 1981. Painting, watercolors, sketches, silk screening and airbrushing are among his favourite pastimes. Highlights of his career include carving the tallest totem pole in the world (at 180 feet) and creating an official launch logo for NASA in 1996. Bill acquired many legends and ways of the past from his Granny Helin.