Stuart Pagaduan is a Coast Salish artist and culture and language teacher. He feels that it is a privilege and honour to be able to combine his passion for art, education and culture for a very rewarding and successful career.
Stuart credits his grandparents for instilling in him the value and importance of his ancestral language and culture. Stuart has dedicated himself to echo the teachings and values of his elders to ensure a hopeful future for the youth of his community.
In terms of his art, Stuart Pagaduan is thankful to his mentor and uncle, the late Seletze’ (Delmar Johnnie) for giving him an opportunity to learn. This experience turned Stuart into a proud advocate and life long learner of Coast Salish Art.
Stuart has experience in many different mediums and continues to expand on modern Coast Salish Art. Stuart has a unique style which is reflected in his choice of creatures, paralleled with ancient Cowichan stories. He will continue to dedicate himself to keeping his language and culture alive and carry on the legacy of his elders.