Mintle-e-da-us (Wade Stephen Baker) was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1956. His Kwakiutl native name, Mintle-e-da-us, means place of plenty. His mother is high ranking nobility of the Kingcome Inlet people, Kwakiutl Nation, British Columbia. His late father, descended from Chief Capilano, was Coast Salish, Squamish Nation.
Wade is a self taught artist who was inspired as a child by watching his relatives Mungo Martin and Henry Hunt, master carvers. His complex and detailed artistry, combined with brilliant colours, create spiritual forms that appeal to both traditional and modern collectors.