Lou-ann Neel is originally from Alert Bay and grew up in Victoria, BC. In her home territory, the Kwak’wala names she carries are K’iditle’logw, Ika’wega and Ga’axstalas. She is a descendant of the Mamalilikala, Da’naxda’xw, Ma’amtagila, ‘Namgis and Kwagiulth tribes of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwak’wala-speaking people). Neel has been designing and creating original works for over 30 years, working first in wood carving and original painted designs and moving on to textiles and jewelry design. Her art is greatly influenced by the work of her grandmother, Ellen Neel (Kakasolas), and her great-great-grandfather, Charlie James (Yakuglas). She considers it a great honour to be able to continue the artistic traditions of her family.
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