Born in 1950, John takes the Bear as his family crest.  His father was who first began teaching him canoe carving techniques when he was just 7 years old.  In his teens, he spent time with his uncle Spencer in Alert Bay working on totem poles.  Adopted into the family of  Jack James in his twenties, John Gibson (Stomish) has spent the majority of his life carving masks and totem poles from Alder.

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