Čapaciił ~Traditional canoe carving in ƛaʔuukʷiʔatḥ Tribal Parks with Joe Martin
Gisele Maria MartinLanguage Champion, Artist, Filmmaker
Gisele is a citizen of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, from the House of ʔiiḥwas, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. She is a Nuu-chah-nulth language activist, storyteller, singer and composer. She has worked as a First Nations cultural educator and outdoor interpretive guide since 1993. Her father, Joe Martin, is a renowned traditional dugout canoe carver. Her mother, Nicole Gervais, has always encouraged and supported her love of art and the Northwest Coast. Gisele’s passion to uphold ancient cultural teachings and encourage responsibility while interacting with and caring for the natural world are a continuation of her family’s ancestral teachings. 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 grade and secondary schools as well as universities and museums. She is fluent in French and English and has been apprenticing with Tla-o-qui-aht elder Levi Martin to become fluent in Nuu-chah-nulth. Gisele is sought after to present at cultural events, conferences and international gatherings, and is widely known for her inspiring and engaging presentations on many topics to a large variety of audiences.
Joe MartinCarver, Board Member
Joe Martin has been dedicated to mastering the art of traditional ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht) canoe carving for decades. He has sparked a revitalization of this ancient art form in his own community and among neighbouring nations in the Pacific Northwest. Taught by his father, the late Chief Robert Martin, Joe has continued to transfer his knowledge to future generations, taking on apprentices and leaving a legacy of over 70 carved canoes. Joe has been formally recognized for his incredible contributions to the artistic community – in 2013 he received a BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art and in 2012 he received a BC Community Achievement Award.
Join Joe Martin, traditional canoe carver of ƛaʔuukʷiʔatḥ First Nation, as he shares his experience upholding rights and responsibilities to the forest, the ancestral gardens of Nuu-chah-nulth. A short film by Gisele Maria Martin will be shown.
Check out the event recording here.
Photo credit: Gisele Maria Martin