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Charles W. Elliott

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Charles W. Elliott is a wood carver of the Tsartlip First Nation. He makes his home in Saanich, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island.[1]

Elliott's totem poles have been placed at several locations throughout Greater Victoria, including three at the Victoria International Airport, one at Butchart Gardens, and one at the University of Victoria (near the Elliott building, which, however, is named after scientist Percy Harris Elliott).[2][3] His carvings also include interior decorations at the Victoria International Airport,[4] a podium used for the 2013 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Victoria,[5] the altar at St. Andrew's Cathedral (Victoria, British Columbia),[6] the Queen's Baton used in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, and a talking stick presented to Nelson Mandela.[7] Thirty of his pieces belong to the permanent art collection of the University of Victoria.[8]

In 2005 he was awarded the Order of British Columbia.[7] In 2013 he was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[9]


  1. ^ "Charles Elliott", First Peoples' Language Map, archived from the original on 2015-09-20, retrieved 2015-08-09.
  2. ^ Wilson, Carla (September 25, 2013), "Two Dozen Things We Love About This Place: First Nations heritage stands tall", Times Colonist.
  3. ^ Elliott Building, University of Victoria, retrieved 2015-08-09.
  4. ^ Commissioned Collection, Victoria International Airport, retrieved 2015-08-09.
  5. ^ "Carver creating podium for UVic", Victoria News, May 15, 2013, archived from the original on March 4, 2016, retrieved August 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "Celebrating Christ in All Seasons: Liturgical Bentwood Boxes by Charles W. Elliott", The Jesus Question, April 8, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "2005 Recipient: Charles W. Elliott – Brentwood Bay", Order of British Columbia, British Columbia, retrieved 2015-08-09.
  8. ^ "Tsartlip", University of Victoria Art Collections, University of Victoria, retrieved 2015-08-09.
  9. ^ New members, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, retrieved 2015-08-09.
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