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.
He recently carved for three of the Olympic Venues sites for the 2010 Olympics here in Vancouver and Whistler, Canada, and for the previous Winter Olympics, he carved the entrance doors for Canada House pavilion, located in Torino, Italy. He carved four wall boards for the Squamish / Lil’wat Culture Centre in Whistler, British Columbia, during the 2010 Olympics, which are now hanging in the great hall. Aaron is working mainly on jewelry engraving, and still carves the larger house posts and panels on commission.
He worked on several projects, including: onsite carving at the Squamish & Lil’wat Cultural Centre during the Olympic Games through February and March; and a new memorial totem pole for the Mosquito Creek Marina in North Vancouver in the fall of 2010.