Ay Lelum-The Good House of Design
William Good carving onsite at the Nanaimo Museum in front of Snuneymuxw Display with welcome figure carved by William Good.
William Good is from the Hereditary Chief family of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, in Nanaimo, B.C.. He is the Master Carver and Cultural Historian responsible for revitalizing the traditional Coast Salish Snuneymuxw art form. He has spent decades researching this almost extinct visual language of the Coast Salish people, and has spent years producing art and teaching it to students, as well as sharing it with the community. In the height of his career, he worked in many media, including hand-pulled limited edition silk screens, painting, gold and silver jewellery, art restoration, garment manufacturing and carving-plaques, panels, steam bent boxes and totem poles. In his retirement years, he continues to carve master works and he collaborates with his family to create garment designs for Ay Lelum-The Good House of Design with his daughters, Sophia and Aunalee, and with their mother, artist, Sandra Moorhouse-Good. Throughout this, he has also passed the traditional art form on to his son, accomplished artist and carver, W. Joel Good, and they spend their days carving side by side.
Raven, killer whale and frog (L) and Eagle, killer whale and frog (R) Totem Poles, Red Cedar, 2017 (frogs not shown).
Having worked and produced art in his community since the late 1970's, William Good has a vast body of work. A few features are that he has carved the "Welcome" Poles for the City of Nanaimo at Duke Point, has contributed knowledge and carvings for the permanent Snuneymuxw Exhibit at the Nanaimo Museum, and has carved the story of Sque-em for the City of Nanaimo Public art exhibit. Having had an open Art Studio, an Art Gallery called Art of the Siem in the 1990's and wholesaling to Galleries, his works have been shown and sold all over the globe. He currently carves master works while teaching his family and provides designs and art mentorship to his daughters for their clothing, Ay Lelum. With a recent article in the Royal BC Museum Curious Magazine called "Restoring balance: Reuniting Coast Salish Art and Oral History" written by his daughter Aunalee Boyd-Good, you can see how the impact of his years of research, Mastering the traditional Coast Salish art style and how his contributions have had an immense impact on his community and his family.
The Good Family of Artists