Charles Elliott

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Charles Elliott

First Nations, Tsartlip, born 1943

Coast Salish artist Charles Elliott was born on the Tsartlip Reserve on the west
side of Saanich Peninsula, near Victoria. The self-taught artist began carving and
drawing at an early age, and he continues to study, produce and teach Salish art
full time. Charles works in a classic Coast Salish style in his carving, graphics and
engravings out of a love of his own traditions coupled with the rights and privileges
he owns. He has completed totem poles at the University of Victoria, the Saanich
Tribal School, the Victoria Police Department, as well as in Japan and the United

Seattle Art Museum respectfully acknowledges that we are on Indigenous land, the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people. We honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future.

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