Welcome Pole - Handsworth


Created in the traditional Squamish Nation style, this Welcome Pole greets students and community members from all diverse backgrounds to Handsworth School. Under the expert guidance of native carver Darren Yelton, the pole was created as part of a year long community public art project that involved students in the carving the pole.  Through this project, Handsworth School raised awareness for the recognition First Nation's culture has in our community. The project was supported by the First Nations Educational Enhancement Agreement that North Vancouver School District #44 has with the Squamish and Burrard Bands.


About the artist:
​Darren Yelton is a Squamish Nation artist born in North Vancouver, BC in 1961. He began carving with his father and two brothers at the age of thirteen.  Darren's carving is inspired by the stories and myths of the West Coast Salish Community. His refined contemporary style has made his work much sought after by international collectors. He lives and teaches in North Vancouver.