David A. Boxley

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David Albert Boxley (born 1952) is an American artist from the Tsimshian, an indigenous people in southeast Alaska. He is best known for carving totem poles.

Boxley was born in 1952 in the Tsimshian community of Metlakatla, Alaska, where he was raised by his grandparents. He is a member of the Laxsgiik (Eagle clan).

His four Tsimshian names include one meaning "First to Potlatch" and one meaning "He Who Works with the Cedar."

He was trained in Northwest Coast art by Jack Hudson. He received a B.S. from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle in 1974.

By the 1980s Boxley and his sons, Zachary and David R. Boxley, lived in Kingston, Washington.

He has carved over 70 totem poles.


  • Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane (1990) Totem Pole. New York: Holiday House.
  • Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane (1997) Potlatch: A Tsimshian Celebration. New York: Holiday House.

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