Aaron Nelson Moody, Squamish Nation. Aaron Nelson-Moody or “Splash” lives and works in the Capilano Village on the North Shore of Vancouver, British Columbia. Aaron is his English name, his Squamish Nation name, Tawx’sin Yexwulla, which translates as “Splashing Eagle”, most people know him as “Splash”. He carries the name, Poolxtun, from his adopted father Gerry Oleman, which he translated as, “The spreading ripples from a splash of water.” Aaron Nelson-Moody, has spent twelve years working with community groups; and with students in a number of schools in the Squamish and Vancouver areas, as well as sharing his teachings in Japan and Scotland. He still does traditional storytelling for events or groups.
Alexander Clifton Ridley, Tsimshian Nation.Cliff was born in the Pacific coastal village Gita'ata (Hartley Bay), eighty-five miles south of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada. This is the land of Salmon and the white Spirit Bear.He was born to the Eagle Clan and was given the Ts'msyen name “Yu'nis”. He has family connections in Lax Klan (Kitkatla), Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) as well as Metlakatala, Alaska. He has been a fisherman all his life, and his love of the sea is reflected both in his art and his rural lifestyle.
Allison Burns, Squamish Nation. Allison is born on March 22nd, 1988, in North Vancouver, B.C she is from the Squamish Nation and lives in North Vancouver. She graduated from Carson Graham Secondary School in 2006 and has been an Aboriginal Ambassador for her Nation and the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre since. She started wool weaving in the summer of 2008; Allison has continued expressing herself through her pieces helping pass on the Squamish Nation tradition of wool weaving.
Allison for the most part a self-taught wool weaver, with the guidance; from master weavers Chief Janice George and Buddy Joseph.
Andy Tsu-ech Wesley, Haida Nation. Andy is a member of the Skidegate Band being Killer Whale Clan from the House of Hagbegwatku. He was born in Prince Rupert, Northern British Columbia in 1961. In 1981 he graduated from Templeton Senior Secondary having majored in woodworking and went on to study carpentry at Capilano College. Further studies were continued at Tradeworks Carpentry School.
Andy first became interested in native art while watching his grandfather, Tom Hans carving argillite totem poles. In 1984 he attended a basic Native Art course at the Museum of Prince Rupert which led to learning Kwagital style mask carving from Carl Simeon. While learning engraving from Reg Wesley, he was encouraged to pursue Haida style carving.
Art Harry, Squamish Nation. Art Harry was born and raised in the Squamish area of British Columbia, Canada where he still resides today. He has been carving since he was 15 years old and was mostly inspired by the late Chief Larry Joseph. Art was also taught different cuts and ways of carving by renowned carver Rick Harry. Art and Rick Harry have worked with local secondary school students to design and carve a 9 ft. eagle, bear totem and various house posts which can be seen at the local Squamish Totem Hall.
Art has been carving for 25 yrs and still feels he learns something new everyday. He enjoys carving on a daily basis as it is part of his tradition and culture, he also feels that carving contributes to his overall well being. Art carves plaques, paddles, totem poles and some masks and bentwood boxes.
Bonny Krulick, Snuneyeymuxw Nation.Canadian Salish Aboriginal Language Artist: Bonny Graham-Krulicki - b. wyse, lives on the Pacific Coast of B.C. Her paintings, designs and prints are inspired by the richness of her aboriginal ancestry and a strong desire to preserve aboriginal language through her art.
“My designs are a tribute to my heritage, to language and the environment, the flow of life and culture, and the physical and spiritual power it embraces.” Featuring inspirational words such as: dream, believe, hope, care and healing.
Christian Morrisseau, Ojibway Nation.Christian was born on December 11, 1969 and raised in Red Lake, Ontario. He now currently lives between Thunder Bay and Keewaywin First Nation, Ontario. He is the son of the renowned Woodland Artist, Norval Morrisseau and Harriet Morrisseau. Christian is the youngest of seven children. And is the 2nd to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Christian is an accomplished artist in his own right. His love of this style of art was traditionally passed down to him by his father, Norval, who in turn learned from his grandfather, Potan. Potan was a well-known and respected traditional Shaman. Christian spent four months learning and listening to his father's teachings and began painting in May 2002. He wanted to celebrate his gift and keep the Morrisseau’s family traditions and stories alive.
Darcy Joseph, Squamish Nation. Born in 1960, Darcy Joseph is a member of the Squamish tribe living on the Capilano Reservation in North Vancouver. He carves Coast Salish style wood plaques and was taught by his brother Floyd Joseph. Darcy’s work can be seen in galleries throughout the Northwest Coast.
Darren Joseph, Squamish Nation. Darren grew up in North Vancouver, BC and now resides in Powell River, BC. His ancestral name is “Shmoqwilum” which he received when he was 17 years old. His lifestyle is strongly based on his traditional values and beliefs that he was brought up with, and taught by his family and respected elders.
Darren began sketching and carving as a hobby by age seven and in 2003 he chose carving as a full-time career, spending many years apprenticing and being mentored with well-known carvers from the Squamish, Northern Tutchone, and Haida Nations.
Darren Yelton, Squamish Nation. Darren was born in North Vancouver, BC in 1961 and began carving with his father and two brothers Jim and Tony at the age of thirteen. After completion of his high school education, Darren began carving full-time exclusively in wood and studied under Marvin Dana Baker, Floyd Joseph and Jacob Lewis all from the Squamish Indian Band. The following year he assumed the duties as a totem pole carver in the Thunderbird Park Carving program. In 1986, Darren resigned to begin a new career as a freelance artist.