Jonas Jones comes from the village of Átsnach (Tsleil-Waututh) with strong bloodlines running from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) as well. His kwshámin (ancestral name) TsuKwalton comes from the Squamish village of Chʼiyáḵmesh. He is learning and apprenticing under the guidance & support of Ses Siyam Ray Natraoro, indulging within the Coast Salish laws of art, a system that is passed down from master carver to apprentice.
He is honoured to be practicing this craft, as this foundation of art and way of life has been running through his blood for thousands of years. To live & breathe a little piece of the old people our swa7am (ancestors) is truly a beautiful thing.