Blake Nelson “Shaa’koon” Lepine

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Blake Nelson Lepine was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon and is of Tlingit, Hän, Cree, and Scottish decent. His upbringing consisted of traditional Tlingit culture that structured his artistic formation to which he dedicated his time in hopes of one-day mastering.

Blake grew up with his sister, parents, grandparents, and many aunts and uncles, who influenced his choices in his life to pursue art as his life’s work. He spent winters with his family, and attended school just like everyone else. When summer hit, it was time for adventure and Blake would spend his time out on the land learning about who he is becoming, and where he came from either in Tagish or Carcross with his very massive family.

Blake currently lives in Whitehorse, Yukon with his wife, Cherish Fairclough. Also, he is a performing artist dancing full time with the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers that is a traditional Tlingit dance group based in Whitehorse.

Blake spends his time creating artwork for traditional and commercial uses, harvesting and researching traditional medicines, singing and dancing, speaking his Tlingit language, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife on the land learning about who we are as Indigenous people.

Blake has completed both the Beginner and Advanced Carving Program through Northern Culture Expression Society allowing him to teach and instruct his artistic knowledge with children, youth and adults in courses, workshops, and classes, as well as in the school system.