My name is Tka’ast from the House of Wii minoosik. My given name is Trevor Angus. I am Gitxsan/Wetsuweten, born and raised in Kispiox, BC.
I have been carving for most of my life. I carved my first plaque when I was in grade four under the instruction of Victor Mowatt of Gitanmaax. Victor was my teacher through to high school; I also had Dan Yunkws as a teacher in high school. I also spent a lot of time during high school at Ksan watching the carvers there.
After high school, I was accepted to the Kitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art at Ksan in Hazelton where my instructors were Master Carvers Vernon Stephens and Ken Mowatt. I completed the four year program in 1998, learning to design and carve plaques, ladles, panels, masks, rattles, paddles and steam bent boxes.
I am on a continuous journey of learning right to date. I am presently doing an apprenticeship under Phillip Janze for engraving gold and silver jewelry.
I have been very fortunate for having great teachers within reach throughout all of the years that I have been carving. I have had opportunity as well, to watch and learn from Master Carvers like Earl Muldon and the late Walter Harris. I continue to meet and learn from different artists as well as my teachers from Ksan to this day. It is a long journey to becoming a Master Carver myself, a goal that I have held since I picked up my first set of tools.
I am presently living and carving full time in Vancouver. I am looking to open a studio where I can create all of the pieces that are in my heart and in my mind. I look forward to sharing them with you.
Tka’astt (Trevor Angus)
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