Richard David Andrew is an artist and craftsman specializing in woodwork, carving, drum making, snowshoe making and traditional fine crafts. Living in Tulita, NT, Richard has engaged in the arts for over twenty-five years and today he continues to be inspired by the people around him.
“I was born in 1968, to William and Marguerite Andrew. Both of my parents passed away while I was a young child. Throughout the years, I have kept my traditional life and language very much alive. I continue to tan moose hides, drive a dog team, and hunt and trap. I am very much involved with the youth of Tulita. I have been teaching the youth in Tulita about the Dene culture, I have taken the youth out on the land, and also go into the classrooms and talk about the values and life of the Dene in the past. For the past two years, myself, along with my brother, Chief Frank Andrew, and brother in-law Roy MacCauley have been teaching the youth the songs, signs, and drumming involved in hand-games. I have travelled with the youth on numerous occasions, promoting the Dene culture and language. On Thursday, October 16th, 2008, I was received an award from the Aboriginal Sports (ASCWA) for all my work with the youth, over the years.