Dr. George Blake @ Goudi'ni' Gallery Opening Reception
George Blake was born on the Hoopa Indian Reservation in the Hoopa Valley of Humboldt Country and is of Hupa-Yurok descent. He studied fine arts and Native American Art at UC Davis and is known for his sculpture, jewelry, regalia, and contemporary works. He is also recognized as one of the few living people skilled in the traditional art of dugout canoe building. One of these is located in the HSU Library. In conjunction with the exhibition, George Blake received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Humboldt State University at a ceremony in the Van Duzer Theatre, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. He is being recognized for his significant role in the preservation and continuation of Hupa-Yurok cultural traditions and his influence in the resurgence of Native California traditional cultural life since the 1970s.