We come from one Root

September 1st – 10th, 2012

2012 Carving on the Edge Festival

This year’s festival focused on the rich and archetypal art traditions of the west coast carver.

Chuuchkamalthnii (Ron Hamilton) presented his 2010 award-winning film, “Histakshitl Ts’awaatskwii” (We Come from One Root), about the ceremonial curtains of the Nuu-chah-nulth potlatch. Joe David discussed early collections of Nuu-chah-nulth artifacts as well as contemporary works in his presentation, “Origins”. Carl Martin taught an advanced carving workshop on the Nuu-chah-nulth paddle.

Workshops throughout the week taught skills such as cedar weaving, tool making, traditional designs, canoe making, along with Carving Play sessions for kids and families. 

Festival at a Glance

Festival Poster

Credit: Schramm Design

The Shore Pier, Tofino Village Green, Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre, WYA Welcome Centre, Wickaninnish Inn, Black Rock Resort, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, House of Himwitsa.
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