Gitxsan Art
Ya'Ya  -  Charles Peter Heit


Chuck Heit is Gitxsan from the Skeena River country in northern British Columbia, Canada. He was born into the house of Geel, the leading Fireweed clan house in Kispiox. Chuck’s Gitxsan name is Axgagoodiit, however the name he likes to use the most to sign his carvings is Ya’Ya.   Ya'Ya began to carve in a place called K’san in nearby Hazelton.  Ya'Ya was lucky to have a lot of good artists working together at K’san when he was there.  However, Ya'Ya acknowledges his uncle Chief Walter Harris as his main teacher and mentor. When Ya'Ya became a bit older he enrolled in K’san’s ‘Kitanmax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art as the school’s youngest pupil and continued an apprenticeship with his uncle at the same time.  Once he graduated from art school he was immediately hired as an instructor, the youngest instructor the school has ever had.  Ya’Ya has assisted his uncle with many of his large public commissions, and has had the good luck of winning a few commissions of his own  However, the project Ya'Ya is most proud of is the piece closest to his heart, a large wall panel for the new school in his hometown of Kispiox, BC.