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Thomas Cannel is a young Coast Salish artist who was born on Musqueam traditional territory in 1980. He has spent his whole life on the Musqueam Reserve in Vancouver, BC, and has been immersed in the long-established art and cultural traditions of his Musqueam ancestors.
Thomas has worked alongside his mother, Coast Salish artist Susan Point, spending many hours training and honing his skills as a carver and designer. Beginning his career as a young apprentice carver, he worked on many large-scale public art works, beginning in 1995 with “Flight”, the 17’ spindle whorl commissioned for the Vancouver International Airport. He has also trained alongside carver John Livingston, learning carver and chainsaw work.
Thomas has attended Langara College and Capliano University, studying many aspects of art, from art history to graphic design. He recently graduated with a Diploma in Tourism Management from Capilano University, reflecting his passion for the environment and his belief in the importance of eco-friendly tourism.
Thomas enjoys the challenge of every artistic medium that comes before him, but currently his primary interest is in working with wood and perfecting his technique, as he finds every aspect of woodwork irresistible.
“This contemporary Coast Salish sun design is an attempt to mediate between the Hul’qumi’num language (the language of the Cowichan Tribes) and English. There have been various anglecized spellings of this Hul’qumi’num toponym (place name), such as “Cowichan,” “Khowutzun,” and the currently accepted “Quwutsun.” This Hul’qumi’num term has been simplified and misinterpreted as meaning “The Warm Land,” when it should be more correctly interpreted as meaning “warmed by the sun,” or “basking in the sun with your back turned to the sun.”
The four eclipsed suns surrounding the central sun symbolize the darkness of ignorance blocking Daylight, a powerful source of truth.”