Carl Lil’ Bear, Sculptor and Wood Carver
1971, Technical Vocational Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota

Carl is a self-taught artist.

“Totem poles are part of our Deaf culture, language and communication. I love to work with wood, the spirits of Native Americans, and especially with Bison (north), Bear (west), Wolf (south), and Eagles (east). My Uncle Carmen and artist James Woodenlegs are the biggest inspirations in my life.”