Ron Telek is from the Eagle clan. He began carving wood in high school, and has been carving seriously as an artist since 1985. Acclaimed Nisga’a artist Norman Tait is both Ron’s matrilineal uncle and his primary teacher. After a near-death experience, Ron began to focus on the subjects of transformation and shamanism. Most of Ron’s contemporary works are based on his spiritual beliefs and Nisga’a legends involving the supernatural. In the early 1990s, he completed a sculpture course at Langara College in Vancouver, BC, to learn sculpting techniques used in Japan and Africa.