David R. Maracle
Native Artist, musician & stone sculptor
David R Maracle (Tehanenia’kwe:tarons) of the Bear Clan, was born the seventh son for Andrew C. Maracle (Mohawk, Turtle Clan) and Lillian J. Maracle (Scottish, Bruce Clan) and lived his first 12 years of life on the Akwesasne Mohawk Reserve. David has a deep understanding and appreciation for his Mohawk Haudenosaunee roots. Sitting and listening to Indigenous Elders has been the biggest inspiration in David’s life. He attributes many of his accomplishments to his parents; Andrew, a respected Mohawk Elder who was an international speaker on Indigenous issues, rights and struggles. David’s mother Lillian was also very inspirational as she was an accomplished author, poet, musician, artist, and craftswoman.
David has always been a strong advocate regarding Indigenous rights, language, education, and he continues to take an active role in educating people through his Art, music, and workshops. David, like his father, chose the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to be his home, and it has been for over 35 years. David has owned his own business on the Territory since 1985, but recently in 2009 he opened the “LiL CroW Native Arts Centre”. After a very successful run for nine years, it was time to change things up, as David’s career in the Music began to take him overseas. David and his wife Kimberly decided to morph the business into a very successful Air BnB Cabin, Courtyard & Bunkie, with a Sound Therapy Booth on site. This beautiful property is nestled alongside the Beautiful shores of Mohawk Bay (Bay of Quinte). A Getaway destination with Adults in mind for Rest, Relaxation and Rejuvenation. People from around the world come to experience first hand the rich culture of the Mohawk People of Thyendinaga – Kentekeh during their stay on the property and enjoy the peace and tranquility the land has to offer.
David began his career as a Mohawk carver/sculptor in 1985. Traveling to Pow Wows, and fine art shows helped to develop and create a unique lifestyle, which allowed his abilities as a sculptor to soar. David, now an acclaimed World-Renowned Stone Carver/Sculptor, has received many awards globally for his unique and detailed works of art. His most prestigious award given to date was in Arizona for 1st place; his sculpture entitled “Gathering Our Minds” was entered at the Prestigious Scottsdale Arizona “Heard Museum” in 2009.
The influences of his Hausenosaunee Mohawk heritage are clearly depicted in his “Originals in Stone”sculptures. His main goal has been to educate people about Indigenous culture, teachings & issues through his artwork. His masterpieces have touched the hearts of many people; private and corporate collectors alike throughout the world. Some of his more famous Curators include Nelson Mandela, Loretta Lynne, Dan Akroyd, and the Emperor of Japan.
David’s sculptures have been featured on cheques across Canada at all major banks, and featured in many art installations for prestigious galleries across Ontario, Calgary, Nova Scotia, & Arizona,
Foto uit 2004 op een powwow in Ontario in Canada
Foto’s uit 2018 in Nederland