This year the Carving On The Edge Festival is proud to partner with the Naa’Waya’Sum Coastal Indigenous Gardens, previously known as the Tofino Botanical Gardens. Naa’Waya’Sum refers to the passing of knowledge from generation to generation through observation and listening. The figures in the totem pole speak to this theme, specifically the relationship of grandparent to grandchild in traditional oral culture. Each crest in the carving represents a whole school of cultural teachings. In this way, the knowledge is shared for future generations. The Naa’Waya’Sum pole, carved by Joe Martin, Gordon Dick, Robin Rorick, Robinson Cook, and Patrick Amos, was carved to mark the transition of the gardens and bring Nuu-Chah-Nulth teachings to the forefront. The pole hopes to inspire everyone from youth, locals and people from afar. The Naa’Waya’Sum Totem Pole will be available for viewing and open conversation with Joe Martin, lead carver on Friday 1-4pm.
The Naa’Waya’Sum Coastal Indigenous Gardens (formerly the Tofino Botanical Gardens) provide a space for humans to learn from nature in both natural and landscaped environments. The majority of the beautiful 10-acre site is home to coastal rainforest and its many living species. An enchanting trail system is designed to help visitors navigate through the forest and along the waterfront–also a globally recognized important bird area. Covered viewpoints and seating areas are nestled thoughtfully in various places to create opportunities for pause, reflection, and appreciation of nature’s teachings. IISAAK – to observe, appreciate, and act accordingly – the highest law of the Nuu’chah’nulth constitution, is the ethos of this place.
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