The Arbutus and Cedar nature classes from Fernwood School had a hands-on opportunity to work with master carver Joe Martin on the Xwaaqw’um (Burgoyne Bay) snuhwulh (canoe).
“The 32 foot-long snuhwulh, carved from a single 710 year old X’pey (western red cedar tree) downed in a river valley windstorm will be finished over the next month or so for the Xwaaqw’um Project…The snuhwulh will become an integral part of upcoming Indigenous youth culture and leadership camps at Xwaaqw’um, along with use by school groups and cultural events for many years to come.” 1
Joe Martin, Master Carver from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and the Xwaaqw’um Project
Photos: Christopher Roy
1Original Story Link: (Salt Spring Exchange)
Work Progressing on the Xwaaqw’um Big Canoe – Carvers Host Fernwood Nature Class Visits