Ronald Victor LaRochelle (DoonDaas Quiasan)

Ronald Victor Larochelle, born in 1949 in Masset, British Columbia, on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands), proudly carries the Raven as his family crest. DoonDaas Quiasan, bestowed upon Ronald as his Haida given name, carries the powerful translation of “The Boy who shook the Earth.” Born during a significant earthquake in Haida Gwaii, this name was a testament to the seismic impact he would have on the world. The magnitude of that memorable earthquake seemed to embed itself into the essence of this remarkable man, as he continued to shake the world in profound ways throughout his lifetime. His influence remains enduring, and he will undoubtedly continue to resonate in the lives of countless people for many years to come.

From his earliest childhood, Ron displayed an astonishing artistic talent. The countless hours he spent observing Haida craftsmen and the beauty and perfection of their work left a profound impression on him. He especially acknowledges the influence of Robert and Claude Davidson on his design. Ron’s artistic journey is a reflection of the rich cultural heritage of Haida Gwaii, where the traditions of the Haida people come alive through his masterful craftsmanship and dedication to preserving the legacy of his ancestors.