Knakweltn - Darren Yelton

Darren Yetlon is a well-established Master Carver from the Squamish Nation and lives on the Xwmelch'tstn reserve in West Vancouver. His paternal roots lie in what is now called Stanley Park. His Great Grandparent's home was located where the 9 o'clock gun is now situated. His Maternal roots hail from the Squamish Valley, Yekw'ts reserve.

At the age of 10 years old Darren lived on the Xwmelch'tstn reserve and learned his craft from his father Michael Yelton and many other elders such as Bob Cole, Edmund Billy, Percy Paull, and Howard Williams to name a few. His main mentor was his friend Dana Marvin Baker.

Darren is now paying it forward by becoming a teacher and mentor to many other artists who have since become well established carvers themselves. He has also been influenced by many well-known artists.

Image credit: Welcome Pole at Ridgeway Elementary School by Darren Yelton

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