Dewey Smith (Ghizibaa Aanakwad) is Cree/Métis originally from Northwestern Ontario. In 1982 he began carving on the Northwest Coast with Master Nisga’a carver, Norman Tait through a cultural outreach program developed by the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology. His carving continued through 1983-84 on Vancouver Island with Master Nuu Chah Nulth carver, Tim Paul through a program developed by the BC Provincial Museum of Ethnology with the assistance of the UBC Museum of Anthropology. During this time Dewey received traditional instruction and mentorship in form and design, mythology and lineage, including tool making and storytelling.
From this traditional beginning he went on to study fine art at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design from 1985-1988 where he had the good fortune to take classroom instruction from the late Haida artist, Bill Reid. He also took the time to closely study the work of Robert Davidson. He studied sculpture and printmaking and specialized in masks, totem poles and totem figures.
He now lives in Thunder Bay and continues to carve totem poles and portrait masks for residential and commercial application but works in White Pine. Recent works include totem poles done for charitable purposes including the Assembly of First Nations ‘Breakfast’s for Youth’, ONExONE Foundation ‘Make Poverty History Campaign’, and the Mike Holmes Foundation ‘Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Project’.
He has work in England, France, Germany and throughout Canada.
Now being represented by Ahnisnabae Art Gallery.