Lantern Name

Artist Name


The sun radiates healing and peace. The Eagles are messengers, carrying our prayers to the Creator. The Eagle is the one creature that flies highest closest to the Creator.

This year, we are moving back closer to nature. Like the graceful birds that take to the skies, and the steady sun that brings us life, let’s imagine ourselves lost in the beautiful, natural world all around us, and let’s find ourselves facing warmth and hope.

Originally from Seabird Island, B.C., Ovila Mailhot is a self-taught artist with roots in the Nlaka’pamux and Sto:lo Nation. He has built a burgeoning design career, creating logos and other artwork inspired by the traditions of his people for Indigenous and non-Indigenous businesses and for several apparel companies.

Ovila has always wanted to represent where he is from, his culture, and his community. Learning more about the ancestral elements of Coast Salish art history helps him find ways to show who he is and where he’s from.

“Art feels vital to me. And being able to share that passion I have is important to me. This tradition of work, and this beauty, is so necessary for our culture and healing.”

The Lantern City is grateful to be held on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam Indian Band), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish Nation), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation). We acknowledge our privilege to be gathered on this land, and commit to work with and be respectful to the Indigenous peoples whose arts and stories inspire us to bring communities together.