Giving Back: Community Projects and Restitution in the Pacific NorthwestAmericas | ISSUE 01
by Louise Deglin
The initiatives backed by Ellis stem from personal relationships woven over the years with a variety of artists, elders, knowledge keepers, and professionals.
Donald Ellis, a renowned Canadian art dealer who founded his gallery of historical Native American art almost five decades ago, has long been confronting some of the issues that plague the art market. Today, he dedicates his time to supporting individuals and projects that contribute to Indigenous stewardship of land, art, traditions, knowledge, and language. [...]Photo: Charles Edenshaw, Haida (attributed to), Chief Shake’s Bracelet, c. 1890-1910. Donated to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (Canada) © Donald Ellis Gallery