Joe David

The old stuff – you couldn’t describe it in a few words, but I think for the most part the old art was created and used to solidify identity and purpose. I don’t know if you’ve ever spent time on the coast, through a number of seasons, not to mention countless generations. But things are very liquid: you can just get lost in it. You get lost in the forest, you get lost in the ocean, you get lost in a rainstorm, a snowstorm, you get lost in a season -you get lost.

[Joe David in Tla-kish-wha-to-ah, stands with his Chiefs with Karen Duffek. In Nuu-chah-nulth Voices Histories, Objects and Stories. Alan L. Hoover Ed. Pp 359. Victoria, BC: Royal British Columbia Museum.]