While Aaron Nelson-Moody is his English name, he also is known by his Squamish Nation name, Tawx-sin Yexwulla which translates to Splashing Eagle,
although most people know him as Splash. This is Aaron’s first year presenting at the Britannia Mine’s annual Copper and Fire Festival.
Splash lives and works in the Capilano Village on the North Shore in Vancouver. He has worked with community groups as well as a number of schools and students since 1995. He has also shared his passion abroad in Japan and Scotland. His days are spent engraving jewelry and repousse, as well as carving large houseposts and panels on commission, most recently one at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). His work can also be seen in the “Here and Now” exhibit at the Burke Museum in Seattle.
Other highlights include several large works for the Olympic Venue for the 2010 Olympics. Some of his house boards can be found at the Squamish Lil-wat Cultural Center in Whistler. For the Torino Winter Olympics, he carved the entrance doors for the Canada House pavilion.
For indigenous people, most history is past down orally as opposed to written as is done in western cultural. This means that the only written history we have is told through art. Splash works hard to incorporate this history in his pieces. In his own words, his work is “not about me, it’s about me listening to the community… and helping them to make something that stands for them”. For him, “it is really important that everyone can interpret it in their own way”. It’s as much about telling a story as it is about creating a conduit to tell their story.
For Copper and Fire, Splash will be onsite showcasing his newest project, metalsmithing. You can see him Saturday, July 19th from 10am - 4pm. You can also see his work on his website here.
Aaron Nelson-Moody (Splash) Biography
Aaron Nelson-Moody (aka Splash) has been a woodcarver since 1996 after completing his apprenticeship with Xwalacktun. His work included totem poles, house posts as well as flat panels and smaller piece in a variety of woods. Recently, he has taken up jewelry engraving at the Native Education College where he studied repousse with Valentin Yotkov. Aaron is now trying his hand with Copper as he is researching metalsmithing.
He has spent 10 years volunteering with the Uts’am: Witness arts and environment project. He has been on two tribal Journey’s canoe trips and has previously worked at Kahtou Native Newspaper and Adbusters Magazine as a writer/photographer.