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, and sharing it with others.
Currently Blake lives in Whitehorse, Yukon and is passionate about the northern environment and learning about the plants and animals that surround him. He has trained as an herbalist and spends time harvesting and researching traditional medicine plants and healing practices.
“My art is my life!" - Blake Lepine
Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association
1-1109 Front Street (White Pass Building)
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A-5G4