|Cultural Group:||Haisla, Heiltsuk (Kitamaat, Bella Bella)|
|Born:||July 26, 1981|
|Currently Residing:||Vancouver, B.C.|
“I am connected to the Spirit of our people from long ago through my upbringing with my Great Grandmother, Ella Grant. Not only in my imagination, but through my heart, I find interconnections through many sources unseen to the eyes. My mother taught me how to be creative and I am thankful for the artistic teachings I received from my uncles. I find our greatest inspiration is the awareness of ourselves as part of our environment, and spiritual ties to our land with how the people thrived in it. The beauty, voice, grace and power of animals in the natural kingdom continue to be the source for my creativity and my cultural identity. My urban conscience and life’s experiences I will never deny; the people along the way are forever a part of me. I feel as though my art is the language that communicates not only cultural, but also personal stories like songs do.”
Paul illustrated the board book: Good Morning World and is a lyricist, rhyme schematic, visual art technic and rapper.
"The young whale is jumping alongside the elder whale, it appears to be inside to represent continuity, tradition and unity. The two whales share the same tail fin, representing the movement forward, or guidance into the future. As youth, our elders taught us well with stories and guidance through words of wisdom and example. In changing times and influences from everywhere, I try to hold to the teachings as much as possible and take the good of the teachings of our culture with me as a guide of spirit. When with elders, parents or mentors, there is a sense of trust, future guidance, perspective, meaning and understanding. Thank you Aix Gwe Las!!"
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