ERNEST PUGLAS

Ernest Patrick Daniel Puglas
“Kuma’inukw”
Ernest P.D Puglas was born July 26,1986 to hereditary Chief Andrew Puglas Sr (Walas Xanasugwelukw) of the Mamalilakula people of Village Island B.C and Lavern Henderson (NundziGilagya) of the Likwildaxw people of Campbell River B.C. He is the youngest grandson of Master carver Chief Sam Henderson Sr (Numatsa)of the Nakwadaxw people of Blunden Harbour B.C
He began carving at the age of 12 years old in his grandfathers shed located in Campbell River while his family was canning salmon on the tyee spit. As Ernest grew he had the opportunity to work and carve along side of many of his Henderson cousins, Tommy Hunt jr, Greg Henderson Junior Henderson and his brother Andrew Puglas Jr. Through these years he gained more and more strength as a young carver and artist and was invited to his first art show with Tommy Hunt Jr in Friday Harbour U.S.A. in 2009.
He has been apart of major totem pole projects and recently this year 2022 has finished his very first totem pole of his own design located on Cortes Island territory of the Klahoose Nation. His artwork consist of his family treasures which are the second highest ranking amongst the kwakwakawakw. He has always dreamed to be a master carver and to this day is working hard to be so. His unique art style is very contemporary and defines who he is in his life and tells his story well. Through culture, Ernest has made a traditional identity inside and outside the bighouse.
Gilakasla Likwalatley
90 X 20 X 20 in. - $23,500.00
Ernest Puglas artwork 'NUNDZI GILA'GYA TLU GWA'WINA - TOTEM' at Canada House Gallery
13 X 12 X 8 in. - $4,950.00
Ernest Puglas artwork 'SNOW OWL' at Canada House Gallery
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