AWAKENING OF THE SPIRIT is a portrait of Master Carver Robert Peele (Tsimshian-Haida). Peele is now known by the traditional name that was given to him, Saaduuts. He has devoted years to teaching the youth of the Seattle, WA area, Native and non-Native, the traditional way of carving a canoe.
As a boarding school survivor he has overcome many challenges over the years. Saaduuts now looks forward to the future, enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, and passing down the traditional ways of carving ensuring that it will live on for many years.