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Tla-o-qui-aht Totem Pole Raising Ceremony – Friday, September 7th, 2018

September 7, 2018 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Tla-o-qui-aht Totem Pole Raising Ceremony

A Čiinuł (Totem Pole) will be raised honouring the ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ  Ha’wiih (Tla-o-qui-aht Hereditary Chiefs) and their spiritual and physical stewardship of the hahoułee. The Čiinuł acknowledges the powerful and sacred care expressed through this relationship not just from the past, but in the present and into the future.

It has been a dream of Tla-o-qui-aht master carver, Joe David to see this totem carved and raised in the township of Tofino so that everyone before it understands the title of the Ha’wiih. The project has been supported by a core group of carvers who have all donated their time to this legacy project.

This ceremony will be followed by a Celebration Dinner hosted by the District of Tofino starting at 5pm at the Tofino Community Hall.

*Anchor Park is at the intersection of Main Street and 3rd Street in downtown Tofino.


Joe David (Tla-kish-wha-tuwa): is one of the most respected master artists of the Northwest Coast. Museums, private collectors, and corporations collect his graphics, wood sculpture, silver, paintings and bronze internationally.  He often lectures on Northwest Coast art.  He studied art in Seattle and San Marcos, Texas, but his interest in his own heritage and tradition led him to Bill Holm, the Northwest Coast scholar at the University of Washington, and also to Duane Pasco, an early artist of the contemporary generation of Northwest Coast art, to begin an intensive study of traditional Northwest Coast objects. His later investigations concentrated on only Nuu-chah-nulth style. He was drawn to the spiritual essence within the art and culture—and this later directed his path in art-making. Joe began a spiritual quest starting with his own cultural beliefs, which later led him to the practices of other nations across North America and internationally. He has had a long-term relationship with the Maori of New Zealand and has attended and participated in many events there. He is also dedicated to participating and contributing to contemporary ceremonies as well as lecturing on Northwest Coast art. In 2000, he was the first artist chosen for the Aboriginal Artist in Residence program at the Pilchuck Glass School.

In 1984, Joe David carved the Cedar Man and raised it with the support of the Nuu-chah-nulth community at the BC Parliament Building as a part of the historic people’s movement to protect Meares Island (Wanachis-Hilthoois) and is now featured in the great hall at the Museum of Anthropology.


September 7, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Carving Festival


Anchor Park
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