Glen Rabena

CULTURAL GROUP:
Haida (Adopted)

BORN:
August, 1944

BIRTHPLACE:
Wapato, Washington

Glen Rabena began carving in a Northwest Coast style in 1970. He moved to Quesnel, BC, and studied at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art at 'Ksan in Hazelton, BC, from 1975-76. In 1978, he completed illustrations for the book The Birds of Ksan by Susan Marsden and the Gitksan Advisory Group. These became the foundation for his series of serigraphs with birds. In 1986-87, he worked with Haida artists Robert Davidson and Reg Davidson at Pepsico’s World Headquarters in Purchase, New York. Glen was adopted by Hereditary Haida Chief Claude Davidson in Massett, Haida Gwaii, in November of 1987. In 1990, he was artist-in-residence with Reg Davidson at Headlands Centre for the Arts in San Francisco, CA, where they carved a 30-foot canoe. Since 1978, he has made his home on Hornby Island, BC, and is presently living in Courtenay, BC.