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The seiner Western Ranger was built in 1938 for Norman "Skip" Gunderson and was registered in Port Alberni, B.C. The boat was 80 feet in length, with a beam of 20'6" and a draft of 8'6". It was powered by a 200 horsepower Atlas Imperial diesel engine and, when built, was the most up-to-date vessel of its kind on the west coast.
April was born on Haida Gwaii (commonly called the Queen Charlotte Islands), off the north west coast of Canada's British Columbia, just a short boat trip from Alaska. The First Nations people are known by their original name, the Haida.
More talented artists have originated from this small group of islands than anywhere else in Canada. Here art isn't a past time, it's a life time. In 1792, Captain George Vancouver reported seeing many giant wooden human statues. That same year French expedition leader, Etienne Marchand, marveled at the "paintings everywhere, everywhere sculpture, among a nation of hunters." He said: "every man is a painter or a sculptor."
April has dozens of relatives living in these islands, all practicing indigenous art--painting, sculpting, totem poles, carving masks using cedar bark and spruce root in weaving, jewelry making, steaming bentwood boxes and creating art out of the stone unique to the islands, Argillite. Early in her career, she honed her painting skill and refined her abilities while practicing geology, having graduated from the University of British Columbia.