Winadzi

Winadzi
Indigenous/First Nation Association(s): 
Kwakwakwa’wakw

Simon Daniel James, also known as Winadzi is an internationally renowned artist in many mediums. Simon is a carver for more than 35 years and he has learned many things in his long career. Winadzi is the creator and Producer of the “Raven Tales” series and has spent several years promoting it all over the world. Winadzi is from the Kwakwaka’wakw nation, most specifically from the Kwicksuteniuk clan from Gilford Island. Raised in Campbell River, Simon worked in the commercial fishing industry for almost 20 years. When he reached the age of 15 he decided to start carving cedar and trained under his father, a renowned artist in his own style.  After leaving Campbell River, Winadzi attended ‘The Vancouver Film School’ from 1996-1998. He finished both 2D classical and 3D computer animation and created a short student film called “Dawn of Creation” which was the inspiration for Raven Tales “How Raven Stole the Sun”. Simon has been working with National Geographic All Roads since 2004 being the first recipient of the National Geographic All Roads Film Grant for Raven Tales. Simon practiced his carving for several years while living in North Vancouver and was asked to carve 3 totem poles for Fukushima Japan in 2001. He worked for several galleries in North America and participated in several art shows over the years. Now living on Bowen Island with his wife Naomi James,  Winadzi has completed 26 episode of ‘Raven Tales’ and is the proud owner of ‘Raven Tales Production Corp’ since 2004. Simon has collaborated on public art projects with artists on Bowen Island including a sculpture called “Embracing the Spirit of the Flame”. This project started on the day that the Olympic Flame came to Bowen Island on its way to the Opening Ceremonies for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. In May of 2011 Simon collaborated in creating a carved cedar panel with students from Kindergarten to grade 5 for the Bowen Island Community School. Simon lives his life being involved in educating and entertaining children of all ages including his son who was born in 2010 and daughter in 2012

  • Created “Raven Tales” the animated television show and completed 26 episodes.
  • Works with National Geographic All Roads Film Project on the selection committee with other international film makers.
  • Designed the stainless steel house front and the concrete pillars as well as the laser etched lintels for the Skwachàys Healing Lodge on 31 West Pender Street in Vancouver, BC.
  • Worked in many museums and galleries all over North America. Invitations to several art shows in the Vancouver region
  • Carved 3 totem poles in Japan in 2001 for the Fukushima Future Expo.
  • Received more than 27 international film festival awards, Rosy Award, Nominated for a Regional Emmy for Raven Tales the animated televis
Location: 
V0N 1G0 BOWEN ISLAND , British Columbia
Canada
49° 22' 27.0696" N, 123° 19' 48.7272" W
British Columbia CA