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Dave Galanin (Kind'aa) is a Tlingit master silver carver of the Kaagwaantaan Clan from Sitka, Alaska. He comes from an artistic family. His grandfather, George Benson, was a noted master woodcarver, his mother and grandmother were accomplished sewers, and his brother, Will Burkhart, is also a carver. Dave apprenticed with the late master silver carver, Louis Minard, and has had a long affiliation with the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center at Sitka National Historical Park. He has been an artist demonstrator, a member of the Center's board, and its director. He also played a key coordinating role in the Indian River History Pole raising project. Using copper, silver, and gold, Dave Galanin creates pieces of jewelry as well as large sculpture pieces for commissions. He combines both traditional and contemporary design to create his own style. He also has been a DJ and plays acoustic blues guitar under the stage name "Strummin Dog."