Keeping tradition alive – Through a devastating accident Alaska Native artist Mike Webber finds his gift

mike webber native artistAt 54, Cordova artist Mike Webber’s boyish looks and lighthearted demeanor belie the challenges that brought him to his craft.  “How did I get into carving? The answer to that is simple. I broke my neck when I got wrapped up in a deck winch,” says Webber. “I spent the whole summer and winter learning to walk again.”  His father, Bill Webber, Sr. and Uncle, Jim Webber, are among the most successful fishermen in the fleet. Quick witted, agile, utterly charming, and fiercely competitive on the fishing grounds at ages 80 plus, few will ever come close to matching their legacies. Read the rest here 10:08

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