Biography jewelry • carving • storytelling • drumming and singing Aaron Nelson-Moody, or “Splash”, lives and works in the Capilano Village on the North Shore of Vancouver, British Columbia. These days he is working mainly on jewelry engraving and repousse, and still carves the larger houseposts and panels on commission. He had spent 12 years working with community groups and students in a number of schools in the Squamish and Vancouver areas, as well as sharing 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 volunteered for 10 years with the Uts’am:Witness arts and environment project; has been on two Tribal Journeys canoe trips on the Squamish Nation 50 foot carved cedar canoe, and one on Xwlacktun’s family canoe the Pekultun; and previously worked at Kahtou Native Newspaper, and Adbusters Magazine as a writer/photographer,
He was recently carving a welcome figure onsite at the Squamish & Lil’wat Cultural Centre which will be raised in early November 2012 in the centre of Whistler Village, British Columbia. In the near future he will be working on more jewelry, carving, carving tool making, but also preparing to start the last Cedar Woman carving to coincide with the Uts’am Witness book launch in spring 2013.
Textures of the cedar While Aaron is his English name, he also has his Squamish Nation name, Tawx’sin Yexwulla, which translates as: Splashing Eagle, so most people know him simply as “Splash”.
He also carries the name, Poolxtun, from his adopted father Gerry Oleman, which he tanslated as, ‘the spreading ripples from a splash of water’.