Plagued by a loss of his Native American identity, booze, and drugs, Master carver Wayne Price was once a drifter who no longer had a connection to his warrior spirit.

Today, the Tlingit wood carver from Haines, Alaska calls upon thousands of years of his ancestry in the form of wood carving to help both himself and his community of fellow Native Americans around him.

From totem poles and dugout canoes to his own woodworking tools (an adze, a traditional Tlingit wood-carving tool used by his ancestors for thousands of years), Price is living proof that staying busy in your craft can truly be life-changing—no matter what situation you came from.

In this portrait of Price from director Jacob Rosenberg, we get a firsthand look at the warrior spirit that drives Price to create his incredible hand-carved pieces:

You can read more about Price and see his pieces over at his website.

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Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.