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Native Artist Manuel Salazar (b. 1966) was born in Seattle, WA and is affiliated with the Cowichan Tribe in Duncan, BC. His mother is Salish from Ladysmith, BC. In his early twenties, Manuel began to work full-time at his artwork, interpreting the legends of his Salish heritage. He has apprenticed with Delmar Johnny and Art Vickers and is inspired by Simon Charlie and Robert Davidson. He has spent the last two years working at the Native Heritage Centre in Duncan, concentrating on the design and painting of traditional drums. He is presently looking to expand his work into the medium of carving and jewellery. Manuel has developed his own unique style, blending traditional Salish elements with bright contemporary graphics.