Ben Sickles is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation, part of the Iroquois Confederacy. He grew up in California but returned each summer to his home reserve, Oneida on the Thames, in Southern Ontario. He now resides in Eskasoni reserve in Unama’ki/Cape Breton.
Ben is a 3rd generation silversmith, beginning to learn the craft at the age of 13 from his uncle, a master silversmith. His work is a mix of traditional and contemporary ideas and designs. He creates stunning jewellery, in the style derived from the trade silver tradition of the 1760s. He draws inspiration from his life, stories, and the rich culture of the Eastern Woodland Indian jewellery style.