Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

Been There


My sculpture represents Qwat-yaht, a superhero of my people who has supernatural knowledge and power. In the carving, he and his supernatural canoe are one and the same, joyfully flying in, out and through one adventure after another, transforming himself and all around him at will…

Joe David

Joe David


(1946- )

Joe David was born in 1946 at Opitsaht, a Clayoquot village on Meares Island, on the western shore of Vancouver Island. The family resettled to Seattle, Washington, in 1958—and they moved frequently during his teen years. His father, Hyacinth David, was a respected chief and elder of the Clayoquot nation, and even though he had removed his family from Nuu-chah-nulth territory, he remained connected to the village and practiced the traditional values and ceremonies.