Glen Rabena was born in Wapato, Washington. He began carving in Northwest Coast style in Seattle in 1970. The following year he moved to Quesnel, B. C. During 1975 and 1976 he studied at the Kitanmax School of Northwest Coast Art at K'san.
Glen was adopted into the Eagle Clan by Hereditary Haida Chief, Claude Davidson, at a potlatch in Massett, Queen Charlotte Island in November, 1987. He helped carve the first pole in modern time to be raised at a potlatch for the naming of a chief.
Currently Glen spends most of his time carving wooden masks, boxes, and bowls for private collections and galleries. Glen is also a fine engraver in silver and gold and a talented painter on wood and hide. These media Glen treats in more traditional mode. He has been commissioned to produce ceremonial objects to be used and given away at potlatches.
Glen lives with his wife and family on Hornby Island, B. C. He spends time carving in his studio as well as enjoying tennis and singing and playing music with friends. You can see more of Glen's work at www.glenrabena.com.