The Kwakiutl First Nation Community is located on the North East Side of the Vancouver Island in Fort Rupert, BC. The area, including the surrounding areas is rich in Kwakiutl artwork and I had the opportunity to speak with 2 of its carvers.
David Mungo Knox, a direct descendant of Chief Mungo Martin (Nakapenkem) who is the son of Yaxnukwelas of Gilford Island.
David showed me around his shop located on the main level of his home, which is also the oldest home in Fort Rupert. He was taking a break from carving due to a hand injury, but showed me some of this current works of art.
We talked, told stories, had a few laughs and then he showed me
the incredible view from his backyard.
The Kwakiutl First Nation is also known as the Fort Rupert Band, and in traditional Kwakwaka’wakw terms as the Kwagu’ł or Kwagyewlth.
Located on the North East Side of Vancouver island in Fort Rupert, the Kwakiutl First Nation is a community that takes pride (and so it should) in their beautiful totem poles and handcrafted canoes that can be seen throughout the area.
Looking at these beautiful works of craftsmanship had me examining them even closer. Although the totems are magnificent, I wanted to capture a more personal look at these beautiful works of art by giving you close-up shots. Check out all the photos I captured of the totem poles – A Visual Experience