Junior Henderson – Model Totem

Junior Henderson
Kwakwaka’wakw (Wei Wai Kum), 1976

Model Totem
Red cedar


Junior Henderson is the hereditary chief of the Wei Wai Kum band in Campbell River. He is a third-generation carver, descended from a line of prominent artists, including his grandfather Sam Henderson, his uncles Bill and Mark Henderson, and his father, Dan Henderson. At age twelve, Junior began his study of painting and design with his uncle Mark Henderson and later studied carving with his uncle Bill Henderson. He has also drawn inspiration from the work of his brother Johnathan Henderson, his cousin Tommy Hunt, and Willie Seaweed.

Junior worked with Bill to carve the totem poles for the Wei Wai Kum Big House in Campbell River. He is also active as a traditional dancer, having been initiated into the Hamatsa society at age two. He is deeply dedicated to his community and to the perpetuation of First Nations visual and performing arts.