We invite the communities of Tofino, Opitsaht, Ty-Histanis and Ucluelet to engage with and observe a Traditional ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ (Tla-o-qui-aht) Canoe Steaming on Saturday, November 26th, 2022 at the Naa’Waya’Sum Coastal Indigenous Gardens. Carl Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht canoe carver will demonstrate this practice and share his knowledge of canoes. During the steaming process, the canoe will expand, growing a couple of inches wider and allowing the canoe to become stabilized in the water. The Carving on the Edge Festival aims to inspire the growth of traditional and contemporary coastal carving in the arts; this event allows us to continue this practice between festivals and foster relationship building in hopes to spark inspiration in the younger generations.
* Dress Warm
* Bring your Friends & Family
* Snacks & Hot Drinks Available BYOMug
Thank you to the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust and the District of Tofino for supporting this event!
Carl Martin, Tla-o-qui-aht master canoe carver teaches (traditional) paddle making, as well as daily demonstrations of using the D-adze, letting the public practice with carving tools on location. Carl Martin has been carving since the 1960’s, and along with his brothers Joe Martin and the late Billy Martin, is responsible for keeping the art of canoe making alive on the west coast. Carl has worked with museums to test and develop a deeper understanding of traditional tool collections. Carl makes his living by guiding and carving, and has worked on countless projects that have included house poles, totem poles, traditional fishing tools, canoes and paddles.
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