Offerings of Native American Indian Art from the private collections

of Ismael Ami Gomberoff President and CEO of Inca Gold Brand TM

Donny Joe the Carver and Teacher

Donnie Joe was born May 26,1958, and is a member of the Bear Clan of the Coast Salish Tribe, Chehalis Stalo Nation. He began carving in an effort to rediscover his rich cultural heritage and his talents have made him to become a noted and respected teacher and carver of Indian art.

Donnie began his study of carving under the tutelage of Mr. Francis Horne, a world renowned carver of massive totem poles from British Columbia, Canada. Working under the eye of Mr. Horne, Don learned the intricacies of wood selection, design layout, carving, and finishing. When his apprenticeship with Mr. Horne was complete, Donnie sought out Mr. Ron Austin for further study and experience. As his natural talents for carving evolved, Donnie set out on his own to discover his inner self through his carving. Today he is a renowned teacher with many students following in his footsteps.

Donnie Joe's inspiration for his work comes almost exclusively from his dreams, and each item represents and reflects an influence in his life, past and present, as a member of the Bear Clan of the Coast Sailish Tribe. The carvings are very personal for the artist since they are more religious than commercial. Some masks represent tribal coats of arm, some are self portraits, and some are spirit oriented and are used in ceremonial dances. Donnie has studied as a tribal ceremonial dancer, which requires an in-depth knowledge of ancient rituals, dances, and their meanings.

Donnie uses his own hand made tools to make the many masks, totems, bowls, talking sticks, rattles, and more. In the included picture, he is putting the finishing touches on the Eagle Bear Totem, while wearing traditional dress handed down from his grandfather.


The following items represent a major cross section of Donny Joe's

works. Mr. Gomberoff has accumulated the collection in appreciation of

Donny Joe's quality workmanship and to encourage the preservation of

the heritagethat these items represent.