Tla-o-qui-aht master canoe carver Joe Martin will introduce the traditional teachings and uses of the Huupukwanum, or the Nuu-chah-nulth bentwood box. The Huupukwanum has many utilitarian purposes for the Nuu-chah-nulth people but also carries a strong symbology around the teachings, rights, dances and songs held by the chiefs. Participants will have the opportunity to steam and fasten their own 8 x 11 inch box using cedar. This is a full day workshop and will take place on the Shore Pier outside under the covered area. Dress appropriately. Space for 8 participants. Applications for some bursaries available, contact us to learn more.
About Joe Martin
Joe Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht master canoe carver. Joe and his brother Carl (listed below) have carved over 60 canoes in their careers; the canoes are found in villages throughout coastal British Columbia, as well as museums and cultural displays throughout Canada and Europe. They have also been the subjects of many documentaries and articles from Vancouver Island’s west coast region. They are considered master carvers of the ancient Nuu-chah-nulth Canoe Culture tradition. Joe Martin has also travelled to seven countries, speaking to thousands to educate people on cultural and natural histories. Joe is a member of the Festival’s Board of Directors, and he is the Tla-o-qui-aht host to the Festival. He ensures protocols are in place. Joe brings vast traditional teachings & knowledge to the festival, and designs events to build on the growing knowledge of canoe building to the festival.