Temoseng (Chazz Elliott)
Temoseng, aka Chazz Elliott, was born in 1995 and descends from the WSÁNEĆ and Lekwungen Nations. He was raised in the WJOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) community, a village in WSÁNEC territory where he continues to live. Surrounded by family and culture, Temoseng began learning the ways of Coast Salish art and the WSÁNEĆ teachings at a young age. Temoseng attributes his desire to practice Coast Salish art to his father TEMSONŦET (Charles Elliott Sr.), world-renowned Master Carver and a key figure in the resurgence of the Coast Salish art form.
Temoseng’s work can be found in private collections locally and abroad. Locally, his public works can be seen at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Saanich Peninsula Hospital, First Peoples' Cultural Council and Sidney Town Hall. As well, the Town of Sidney commissioned Temoseng to carve a panel that was gifted to Sidney’s sister city in Nimii, Japan. Temoseng also contributes his work to the living cultural practices of his Coast Salish community. Temoseng’s works include large carved sculptures and designs to small, detailed carvings and paintings.