Photographs that Louis Minard discusses in his interview.
Louis Minard (Kaachdex) was a Tlingit silver carver of the Tsaagweidi Clan (Yellow Cedar House - Xaayihit) who was born in 1917 in Petersburg, Alaska. As a boy, he went to Sitka to attend Sheldon Jackson School and eventually made it his home. He joined the military, fought in World War II, was a cook, and worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps. Unlike many master carvers, Louis learned silver carving late in life. He began carving when he was in his late 50s after severe arthritis led to a double hip replacement and he was looking for something to keep himself busy. He quickly developed the skills and his talent for the art showed through. He spent 25 years teaching silverwork and giving demonstrations for tourists at the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center at Sitka National Historical Park, and has been a mentor and instructor to many of Sitka's young and upcoming metal workers. In 1996, he received the Governor's Award for the Arts in recognition for his outstanding contributions to artistic excellence in Alaska. Louis Minard passed away in 2004.