William Good is from the Hereditary Chief family of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, in Nanaimo, B.C. He will be saying some words and offering songs during the opening of the first-ever Cultivate Festival.
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.