Duane Pasco

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Duane Pasco
Born (1932-05-14) May 14, 1932 (age 86)
Nationality United States
Website www.duanepasco.com

Duane Pasco (born May 14, 1932) is an American artist. He is known for his indigenous-style work and as a teacher of Northwest Coast art, in particular as a key contributor to reviving the 'Ksan style.[1][2][3]

Pasco was raised in Alaska and Seattle.[4] He has been professionally active since his first gallery showing in 1966, working in both carving and two-dimensional formats.[5] In 1967, he took a leave of absence from his then-employment for a steel-construction company, in order to move beyond what he describes as making "curios"[4] and pursue art education full-time. He again made a major change in approach in 1976. At both these times, he was heavily influenced in his artistic development by the writings and works of artist and historian Bill Holm.[4] He has taught classes at many universities and schools in Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska, notably the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art ('Ksan),[2] where he influenced artists such as Walter Harris. He is a friend and associate of Nuu-Chah-Nulth artist Joe David.[6]

Pasco is a noted canoe carver, mentoring novice canoe carvers and actively assisting them in the steaming process.

His carved totems are publicly viewable in Seattle at Occidental Park and Seattle Center,[7][8] and in Sitka, Alaska at Sitka National Historical Park.[9]

He is a speaker and expounder of Chinook Jargon. In the early 1990s he published the bi-monthly Tenas Wawa newsletter in Poulsbo, Washington,[10] where he continues to live.[4]


  1. ^ "Acknowledgements". Raven Publishing. March 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  2. ^ a b Averill, Lloyd J.; Daphne K. Morris (1995). Northwest Coast Native and Native-Style Art: A Guidebook for Western Washington. University of Washington Press. p. 165. 
  3. ^ MacDonald, George F.; et al. (1972). 'Ksan Breath of Our Grandfathers: An Exhibition of 'Ksan Art. National Museum of Man. 
  4. ^ a b c d Pasco, Duane (September 1, 2005). "Duane Pasco Studio - Biography". Archived from the original on May 20, 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Duane Pasco: Bio". Stonington Gallery. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  6. ^ "Joe David: Bio". Stonington Gallery. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  7. ^ "5008-23". Lonely Planet Images. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  8. ^ "Duane Pasco". imagesofseattle.org. Archived from the original on 2007-05-27. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  9. ^ "Totem Pole Centennial Pole". National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  10. ^ "Tenas Wawa: The Chinook Jargon Voice". March 20, 2004. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 

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