Eechdaa (Dave Ketah)
Artist – Teacher – Public Speaker
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Born and raised in Ketchikan, AK, he was given his Tlingit name by his paternal grandmother. She also introduced him to the richness of his heritage. The currents of life in the modern world led him to settle in Portland, OR, where he is a high school teacher. In recent years, he became immersed in the design and carving tradition of his ancestors. He works with a variety of materials, yet mostly in wood. Eechdaa seeks to join those who carry Tlingit tradition, language and creativity forward while raising up the next generation of culture bearers.
Teaching and Community
Native Arts Study Program – On display through September 2023 “This apron represents my family…
Lisa Phu of news organization Alaska Beacon interviews Eechdaa. https://alaskabeacon.com/2022/09/30/his-grandmother-was-forbidden-to-speak-lingit-in-school-now-school-is-helping-him-reclaim-it/
June 21 and June 23 – In person. 6-9 p.m. Tináa Making Workshop [ UPDATE:…
Visit Stonington Gallery in December 2022 to see several of Eechdaa’s masks on display https://stoningtongallery.com/exhibit/unmasked-a-group-exhibition/
Stonington Gallery in Seattle, WA, currently has on exhibit “Tlingit CEO Ensemble,” created by sisters…
In The Spirit – Contemporary Native Arts, 17th Annual Exhibition. Tacoma, WA – June 11…