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James Johnson is a Tlingit Artist and Carver. He practices Traditional Formline a practice that dates back over 10'000 years. James has worked with the Asymbol Art Collective with guys like Iguchi and Parillo and his art has been use by companies like Vans, Volcom, Lib Tech, Yeti, and Smartwool.
He belongs to the Tlingit Ch’áak’ Dakl’aweidi Clan (Eagle Killerwhale). James's great great grandfather was Chief Gusht’eiheen (“Spray off the Dorsal Fin”) of the Dakl’aweidi of the Xutsnoowú Kwáan (Angoon, Alaska). His great grandfather was Chief Jimmy Johnson, and his grandfather was Chief Peter Johnson. Whom he is named after - James Peter Johnson. James’s strong ancestral history led him to purse the Tlingit art form. His late father, Franklin Johnson, first encouraged him to begin carving. James has now dedicated his life to perpetuating the Tlingit art form, honoring his ancestors thru his work.