Richard Krentz

Coast Salish

November 16, 1945 (d. 2014)

Pender Harbour, BC

Richard Krentz's Coast Salish name was kwatam-us, from the language of the Sechelt Nation. He owned and operated a family-run business, utilizing wood that was undesirable to major forestry companies. He worked almost exclusively in wood and carved totem poles, masks, and bentwood boxes. In 1994, he carved a totem pole for the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, BC. Richard was the Chair of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia. Richard passed away in 2014.