(B. Alert Bay, BC; Haida)


Aubrey Johnston Jr. was born in Alert Bay, BC and is from the Haida, ’Namgis, and Ma’amtagila Nations. He is a descendant of the Alfred, Wadhams, Wallace, and Simeon families and can trace his ancestry to the Haida through his paternal great-grandmother. Johnston was mentored by many master carvers over the years, including his father, Aubrey Johnston Sr., Beau Dick, Wayne Alfred, and Morris Johnny. He has been carving since 2009 and assisted in the creation of the Guardian Poles for the U’mista Cultural Centre, as well as several of the Awak’wis for the ’Namgis First Nation.