Blake Shaá'koon Lepine brings a wealth of multi-cultural heritage to his art, with Tlingit, Hän, Cree and Scottish blood coursing through his veins. His Tlingit ancestry is the strongest influence in his life. When he was six years old his Tlingit grandmother gave him the name Shaá’koon, which means “artist” in her language. Blake has honoured the destiny bestowed on him with this name, devoting himself to learning the stories, skills, language and cultural traditions that are the cornerstones of West Coast Tlingit art. Currently Blake lives in Whitehorse, Yukon.
He is passionate about the northern environment and for learning about the plants and animals that surround him. He has trained as a herbalist and spends time harvesting and researching traditional medicine plants and healing practices. Blake is passionate about sharing his culture with people of all ages and backgrounds. He teaches carving and other art forms as an instructor at the Northern Cultural Expressions Society and in workshops and schools across the North.
He continues his own studies in the Advanced Carving Program at the Northern Cultural Expressions Society. Blake says: “My art is my life!”
Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association
1-1109 Front Street (White Pass Building)
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A-5G4