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Opening Night – Thursday, September 6th, 2018

September 6, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM


Festival Opening Night  – Unveiled: The ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ Mural Project & The Edge Art Show   

7pm Doors / 7:30pm Start

Opening Night will begin with a Tla-o-qui-aht Welcome led by local elder and beach-keeper Barney Williams with songs from the Kliith Pitaap Taa Qumths Men’s Group.

The ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ Mural Project will be unveiled, exploring our ancestral relationships with earth, wind, fire and water. This community engaged arts project is led by local cultural educator Gisele Martin and visiting muralist Fanny Aishaa. A public/outdoor art space was set up this summer for 23 days in the Tla-o-qui-aht community of Ty-Histanis, inviting community members of all ages to join in with its creation. Come witness the first public presentation of its journey and teachings.

The Edge Art Show is an annual showcase of carved works from all corners of our carving community. Discover the relationship between the carver and the coast as you explore the vast variety of carving styles from traditional to contemporary, innovative to whimsical, and from emerging to master carvers. This year, we will be exploring the theme “Roots / Mułmumc” through our Featured Installations and the works of our community carvers. Artists can learn more about contributing their work here.

*All evening events are by donation. We ask that all festival participants bring with them an open heart, curious mind, and practice respect for cultural protocols.


Barney Williams (Taa-eee-sim-chilth): is a respected elder in the Tla-o-qui-aht community and for many years held the important hereditary position of Beach Keeper for the Tla-o-qui-aht people. Barney has contributed to many community initiatives, locally and nationally, to support survivors of Residential School and speaks openly about his experiences as a survivor. Barney is also a fluent Nuu-chah-nulth speaker and plays an active role in cultural gatherings along the coast.


Gisele Maria Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht: Gisele is a Nuu-chah-nulth language activist, storyteller, singer and composer. She has worked as a First Nations cultural educator and interpretive guide since 1993. Her father, Joe Martin is a renowned traditional dug-out canoe carver and for many years she ran a culture canoe tour business out of Tofino. Gisele shares her love of these places and their life forms to uphold ancient cultural teachings and encourage continued responsibility interacting with and caring for the natural world. Gisele is involved in the movement to preserve and pass on traditional knowledge in her community, as well as various language revitalization efforts through local radio, immersion camps, field trips, and working with local schools. Gisele is apprenticing with Levi Martin to become fluent in her language.


September 6, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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