Artist Draws on Native Heritage
“When I’m just sitting and loose drawing things I do Willapa Harbor,” Funk said. “That or dancing bunnies, but that’s for the children.”
Funk has been involved with the Chinook Tribe and the Quinault Indian Reservation since his grandparent’s generation. His father worked on the reservation in the Indian Conservation Corps, which was an organization similar to the Civilian Conservation Corps. More recently, Funk has been a member of the Chinook Tribal Council for two years.
The 2,000-member Chinook Tribe, based near Astoria, Ore., is not yet recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, though they are working on reinstatement. Funk said Northwest Indian is a popular art style with local artists, but what makes his art unique is it is drawn specifically from the traditions of the Chinook Tribe.