Photo by Brittany Lawrence
Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun (Snuneymuxw First Nation) is a Coast Salish artist and storyteller. Kwulasultun is his Coast Salish name and Kwaayas is his Nuu Chah Nulth name. He comes from the White family of Snuneymuxw and has roots with the Rice family of Penelakut, in the Nuu Chah Nulth world through the Hamilton family of Hupacasath, and through his mother, Ilse Hill, is of mixed Western European descent. His art practice is rooted in celebrating and honouring the teachings he has received from his family and the Coast Salish worldview. He works to share his appreciation of his culture with others and to ensure that the art, stories, and teachings will be there for future generations of Coast Salish peoples.
He graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of the Arts, Major in Liberal Studies and Minor in Philosophy in 2018. He works in economic development for Snuneymuxw First Nation as a Project Coordinator with Petroglyph Development Group, is a published author, and has exhibited as an artist at various venues and has multiple public installations in Nanaimo. This fall, he will begin studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design as he pursues a Master’s of Fine Arts degree.