September 8-13th, 2022

2022 Festival

mułmunčʔałuk: Taking Care of the Roots

About this year's festival

The Carving on the Edge Festival is an annual gathering that celebrates traditional and contemporary carving and weaving arts. We offer something for everyone: from lovers of arts and culture to carvers and weavers of all skill levels.

Like a plant or a tree the roots need to be taken care of.
We must take only what we will use and we must nourish it.
We must give back by taking care.

take care of the waters and oceans
take care of the land and everything on it
take care of our air and sky
take care of each other

This year’s theme, mułmunčʔałuk, Taking Care of the Roots, centres on the importance of the passing on of knowledge, through family, friends, peers and culture.

When we do this we must remember to give back by taking care of our teachers, our elders, the land, the sky, the water and all the precious gifts we receive. When we do this we will know, the knowledge will be passed on in a good way.”

~ Robin Rorick, Haida Artist

Festival Highlights:

Artist Forum – Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 10am-3pm at The Shore Pier

The Artist Forum stimulates discourse on the transmission of knowledge as it relates to artistic practice. Through his year’s theme mułmunčʔałuk, Taking Care of the Roots, we will explore the importance of the passing on of knowledge, through family, friends, peers and culture. Carvers and weavers will reflect on their personal artistic journey and role in furthering the development of the coastal carving and weaving arts. 

Guest Artist Speakers include Robin Rorick & Isabel Rorick, Phil Gray & Ernest Swanson, and Rick Harry & James Harry.

Edge Exhibit – Opening Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 7pm-9pm at The Shore Pier

The EDGE Art Exhibit is a showcase of carved and weaved works from all corners of our art community. Discover the relationship between the carver, the weaver and the coast as you explore the vast variety of art styles from traditional to contemporary, innovative to whimsical of all art levels. This year’s exhibit will feature Through Our Eyes, a youth photo and writing project, and artist-led tours.

The Opening Night will feature special performances by the local Amos Family Women’s Dance Group and youth singers from the Wickaninnish Community School led by Elder Grace George.

Naa’Waya’Sum Totem Pole Viewing & Talk – Friday, September 9, 2022 from 1pm-4pm at Naa’Waya’Sum Indigenous Coastal Gardens

This year the Carving On The Edge Festival is proud to partner with the Naa’Waya’Sum Coastal Indigenous Gardens, previously known as the Tofino Botanical Gardens.

Naa’Waya’Sum refers to the passing of knowledge from generation to generation through observation and listening. The figures in the totem pole speak to this theme, specifically the relationship of grandparent to grandchild in traditional oral culture. Each crest in the carving represents a whole school of cultural teachings. In this way, the knowledge is shared for future generations.

The Naa’Waya’Sum pole, carved by Joe Martin, Gordon Dick, Robin Rorick, Robinson Cook, and Patrick Amos, was carved to mark the transition of the gardens and bring Nuu-Chah-Nulth teachings to the forefront. The pole hopes to inspire everyone from youth, locals and people from afar.

The Naa’Waya’Sum Totem Pole will be available for viewing and open conversation with Joe Martin, lead carver on Friday 1-4pm.

Workshops – Saturday, September 10, 2022 and Sunday, September 11, 2022 at at Naa’Waya’Sum Indigenous Coastal Gardens 

Workshops are one of the best ways to really immerse yourself in the Carving on the Edge Festival. Carving is a hands-on experiential craft. These venues provide opportunities for people to experience, for the first time, the feeling in your hands of slicing a sharp blade through the wood grain. We strive to offer a variety of workshops and instructors for a variety of interests and skill levels. Accessibility and inclusivity are hallmarks of the festival as we follow our mandate to strengthen and share the rich carving culture of the Pacific Northwest.


Naa’Waya’Sum Coastal Indigenous Gardens (formerly Tofino Botanical Gardens) 1084 Pacific Rim Hwy & The Shore Pier, 468 Main St. 

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