Hamumu Arts Collective

The Hamumu Arts Collective (HAC) is on a sculptural roll.
Now is the time at HAC of a large and collaborative burst of artistic energy.

It all began when Joe set three detailed alder masks a Bear, an Eagle and an Otter on his studio shelf.
Several months later, during a gathering of a small group of carvers at Joe’s studio the masks were retrieved and improved so that each mask was painted and would transform into a human.
Joe designed a Raven, Salmon and a few extra animal masks that would also each transform into humans.
Together with Craig Jacobrown and James Smith, Joe has begun to complete the masks, regalia, puppets and sculptures as pre-production for our films. Our recent Indiegogo campaign together with a grant from the Potlach Fund has allowed us to begin the filming of Joe’s next Salmon story.-“Bringing Home Salmon”

‘Natural Gifts’ the new and first HAC short film is available for free

Hamumu Arts Collective (HAC) is committed to bringing to life stories with ancient wisdom that can have an impact on future generations. Our first film- Natural Gifts- can give an idea of our work. Check out the ‘Natural Gifts’ trailer

The Hamumu Arts Collective
Founded in 2008 by George Melas Taylor and Craig Jacobrown, the collective is managed and run by a non-profit organization comprised of a majority of Northwest Native First Nations Artists. The Collective was formed to integrate strong traditional NW Native story, song, dance, masks puppets and two dimensional forms with the aesthetic and technical production values of modern theater and film.

George is the director and lead singer of the ‘Lelala Dance Society’, a family of traditional singers and dancers of the Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwakiutl) Nation. Craig Jacobrown mask maker and performer of The Maskery – www.themaskery.com – has collaborated with the Lelala Dancers of British Columbia for over 25 years on performances featuring traditional Northwest Coast native masks and dances. Our newest collective artist and board member, Joe Ives, of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, has been an inspiration to our organization as he has donated his time, masks, stories and enthusiasm for this ‘Natural Gifts’ film. Joe is also co-producer for the next Bringing Salmon Home film

Here is the ‘Natural Gifts’ Film – enjoy and let us know what you think-

We are happy to give this film away to all who are interested.
If you or any of your friends like the film and are willing to help us create the next Hamumu film production- please go to our Indiegogo site and offer a donation:


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The Indiegogo campaign is complete

If you believe you might like to join us in our efforts to finish our next film and add a two hundred page study called
‘The Ancient Art of Conflict Resolution; Northwest Coastal Traditions’
to this website. PLEASE CONTACT US!

We appreciate people with skills such as carving, singing, dancing, regalia production, filming, editing and web design.
Of course we would also really like have you contact us if you would like to tell a good story we can bring to life on film
We would also appreciate any tax-deductible contributions to our efforts.
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Soon this website will be recreated as a place to download videos and tap into educational resources for further study including links, learning activities and  finding out more about live workshop/performances including NW Native::

– story, song, carving, design, craft, dancing and deep reconnection to nature.

You may also contact us and allow us to put you on our email list.  Your email will only be used for internal Hamumu updates and further opportunities to create new productions. You can be removed from the list whenever you wish.

HamumuGeorge Melas Taylor- founding member of Hamumu Arts Collective:(photo Keith Brofsky)