Master artist Joe David honours his ancestors by practicing the traditional forms of Tla-o-qui-aht art
Born inside the house his grandfather built on Meares Island, Joe David was only moments old when his grandmother said, “this boy is going to be an artist.”
It wasn’t until decades later when David was working as an artist that his father recounted him the tale. Unbeknownst to David at…
Nuu-chah-nulth family expands its business by opening food truck
Opening a new business during a pandemic might not sound like a prudent move for some.
But for Margaret Titian and her husband Jon Manson it made perfect sense.
Titian, a member of Ahousaht First Nation, and Manson, who is a member of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, have decided to add…
COVID-19 mask and healing song serve as a record of history
To commemorate those who have died from COVID-19, the Government of Canada designated March 11 as a National Day of Observance. The day marked the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring the virus a global pandemic.
For brothers, Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso, it…
Port Alberni Friendship Centre is open today for Indigenous elders to receive their COVID vaccine
The Port Alberni Friendship Center is open today for Indigenous elders age 65 and older wishing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Seniors from the general population, age 80+ are welcome to come to the PAFC for vaccination today. The PAFC Clinic runs Monday March 15 to Thursday march 18, 9:00…
Ditidaht First Nation launches village clean-up
Ditidaht First Nation has started a community clean-up that will bring together DFN staff, volunteers and school children.
DFN Administrator Eva Wilson told Ha-Shilth-Sa that the project began Mar. 1, 2021 with DFN departments contributing resources for the clean-up.
Carving on the Edge Festival moves online
Joe David has been studying Nuu-chah-nulth art professionally for over 50 years. It’s a craft he has dedicated his life to and yet, the master artist still struggles to describe the region’s visual signatures.
“It’s not something that I have found easy to explain in words,” he said.…
Building a foundation by letting go of the past
For the majority of Steve Howard’s life, he lived by the phrase, “real men don’t cry.”
“Back in my day we were always taught not to cry,” he said. “We were always taught not to feel. So, we grew up kind of tough. Whatever we held in, we kept in.”
It’s a mindset that the Tla-o-qui-…
Vaccination a ‘big relief’ for Tseshaht and Hupacasath
As B.C. moved to Phase 2 of its immunization plan on Monday, the Nuu-chah-nulth nations of Tseshaht and Hupacasath remained unsure when COVID-19 vaccines would reach their communities.
The province’s shift in approach, which prioritizes age groups, prompted confusion from community…
Captain’s Boat Camp offered to Nuu-chah-nulth members
Robert Stanley was in Tofino when he heard about the house fire that claimed the life of an Ahousaht First Nation member last week. He had traveled from his home on Flores Island to attend a nine-day Captain’s Boat Camp.
The loss weighed on him heavily and his first impulse was to drop-…
Carving a dugout canoe in the forest
When Valeen Jules performed spoken word poetry at the Koksilah Music Festival last year, the 24-year-old played ancestral Nuu-chah-nulth music in the background.
As the familiar melodies danced through Joe Martin’s ears, the master carver was lured to the stage and introduced himself to…
Endangered or a language in hiding?
As Levi Martin reflects on the Nuu-chah-nulth language, he rejects the notion that it is endangered.
Despite being one of an estimated 10 remaining fluent speakers within his nation, the Tla-o-qui-aht elder describes it as a “language in hiding.”
As a young boy, he…