About Don

Don is Haida from the Raven Clan. He is status from Old Massett Band on Haida Gwaii. He learned how to make the traditional bent knives from his Uncles while a child in Prince Rupert.

Traditional Bent Knives and Adzes hand crafted by Don Pongracz.
Bent Knifes are an Art

Don has worked as an advocate for his people since he was a youth. He was part of the group that went across BC enumerating persons who had been disenfranchised by government rules. This was the BC Association of Non Status Indians, which later became the United Native Nations.

Don became a Plumber and Pipe fitter and later a Third Class Power Engineer. He worked at the Fish Cannery in Port Simpson BC. It was while there he was blessed with two children Willow Anne and Don.

Later on he was blessed with Jule Dawn Pongracz. And he loves his children and his step children Dave, Rich, and Lana who he acquire by his marriage to Alexa in 1990.

Don Spring 1990

Don and Alexa now have six children together, 12 Grandchildren and one Great Grandson Malachite.