Israel Shortridge, an accomplishment Tlingit caver, born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska, now resides in Washington State where he creates his art. Israel is most well known in his monumental totem poles located throughout the totem parks in Southeast Alaska. His commissioned works of art are in private, cooperative, and public art collections including museums throughout the United State, England, Germany, and Scotland. As a member of the Bear clan of the Tongass tribe of Ketchikan, Alaska, Israel strives to perpetuate his culture and art. Israel signs his designs in Tlingit. Kinstaadaal, Israel's Tlingit name means, “The Bear That's Standing Up”.
For over 35 years Shotridge has been creating traditional and contemporary artworks for public, private, and corporate Native art collections worldwide including: monumental totem poles, house screens, carved panels, canoes, ceremonial objects, and engraved silver and gold jewelry.