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Bentwood Box Workshop with Joe Martin – Friday, September 8th, 2017

September 8, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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 and bring your own lunch. Space for 8 participants.

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Instructor Bio

Joe Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht master canoe carver. Joe and his brother Carl 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 founder of the festival and brings vast traditional teachings & knowledge to the gathering.


September 8, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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