Walter Brown is a young Kwakwaka’wakw artist from the 'Nakwaxda’xw First Nation through his mother’s lineage and holds a chieftainship role. He was born in Port Hardy at the northeastern tip of Vancouver Island in 1991.
Walter has always carried a strong passion for his culture in many aspects of learning history, singing, dancing, carving and painting pieces to tell stories of his people. Inspired by his late Grandfather William George Sr. Walter began drawing as a young child, he would draw replicate pieces that were made by William.
In his late teens, at the age of 18 Walter began to really pick up on his artwork. Walter began carving in 2010 under the mentorship of Charles Willie and has since worked under the apprenticeship of many artists to reach his current abilities. Today, he is a respected artist in his community for his dedication and support to the people for providing pieces for ceremonial use.
In addition to carving masks and drum logs, Walter is currently carving poles for the Gwa’sala- Nakwaxda’xw Big House on the Tsulquate reserve near Port Hardy.