Oyei ( - c. 1870)

Culture/Community

Nisga'a (Gitwinksihlk)

Biography

Oyei (also Oyai or Oyea) is a high ranking chief name from Gitwinksihlk. Called "the outstanding craftsman of the Wolf Clan at the canyon of the Nass by Marius Barbeau (National Museum, Ottawa). "Oyai, considered the best carver in the Nass River area at that time, spent much of his life in the employment of the chiefs of various tribes, for whom he carved memorial poles" (Maranda, 1976).