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Ron Wallace, Lil’wat Nation. Ron is from the Lil’wat Nation and is one of eleven children of Raymond and Flora Wallace. Ron was raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ron’s traditional name is “Pumaka” and means “Drum Man”.
It was at the Native Education College in 1986 that Ron was introduced to the traditional art of Native drum making. After mastering the art, Ron was asked to be an instructor at the College. Ron mentors youth his own children and grandchildren. He continues to teach at schools and holds workshops for various organizations and communities.
As an established artist Ron has been designing drums for over fifteen years and many of his works have been featured at several shows and events. Always open to new challenges, Ron expanded his portfolio to include designing and producing gold and silver jewelry. Much of his success comes from the teachings of such renowned artists like Cedric Bolton, Ben Houstie, Charles Harper, and influenced by Lloyd Whathams.