Shxwqwó:lthels (wood carving)
Location: the Gathering Place
University of the Fraser Valley
E’yies’lek is from the Sts’ailes First Nation. He apprenticed with
master carver, Ron Austin. From Ron, and other knowledge keepers, he received the cultural teachings and protocols that must be learned in combination with carving skills.
E’yies’lek is known for his distinct, contemporary style. Preferring to use power tools, he is inspired by the surrounding landscape and natural abundance of his S’ōlh Téméxw – Stó:lō territory.
E’yies’lek says, “To us, the eagle is everything – he is our world. About the closest you can get to the Creator is the eagle because he flies so high. That’s what this eagle represents. Spirituality and culture – I combine those together and bring them out in my art. ”