Native Elder

Traditional teachings from First Nations Native Elders

Bill Henderson is a Native Artisan Carver and Drum Maker.  He embodies the traditional craftsmanship of First Nations People.  He has studied Native cultural and spiritual traditions for the past 40 years.  Native elders have given him the traditional teachings to make native hand drums.  He taught drum making in Alberta for years and has given many people the opportunity to create their own ceremonial healing drums…the Heartbeat of Mother Earth.

Born in Calgary, Alberta Bill’s ancestors on his maternal grandmother’s side were Ojibway from Ontario. Bill moved from Alberta to Wheatley, Ontario two years ago to return to his roots. His paternal ancestors were from the Kingsville area. His one great-grandfather was Solomon Iler II, and his other great-grandfather was Henry Scratch Wigle.

The uniqueness of his carving style includes the blending of various natural materials and different mediums. His signature specialty is realistic animal-themed miniature carvings, which came to life through his meticulous attention to detail. His antler art has been shown throughout Canada, the U.S., Germany, Scotland, and Switzerland.

Recently, Bill has made healing gifts for people living in the area, dealing with cancer.

Bill’s handcrafted jewellery and sculptures have also achieved artistic acclaim. He has been invited to show case his work in art galleries in British Columbia and Alberta. He ahs also received private commissions to create custom pieces for individual clients, both within the traditional Native community, as well as the community at large.

Bill’s art embodies the traditional craftsmanship of First Nations People. He has studied Native cultural and spiritual traditions for the past 40 years.

Native elders have given him the traditional teachings to make native hand drums. He taught drum making in Alberta for years and has given many people the opportunity to create their own ceremonial healing drums…the Heartbeat of Mother Earth.