Welcome Figures

 

Female Welcome Figure by Joe David, Nuu-chah-nulth, AA 2521, MOV Collection
Right: Male Welcome Figure by Joe David, Nuu-chah-nulth, AA 2520, MOV Collection
 

(International Terminal, Arrivals Level 2)

NAME: WELCOME FIGURES
ARTIST: JOE DAVID, NUU-CHAH-NULTH, C. 1986
YELLOW CEDAR
(L) FEMALE 3.0 m high (9.8')
(R) MALE 3.3 m high (10.8')

 

These two welcome figures, one male, one female, were carved circa 1986 by Nuu-chah-nulth artist Joe David. Commissioned by the B.C. Pavilion Corporation, they originally stood at the entrance of the British Columbia pavilion during Expo 86 in Vancouver.

Carved in the Clayoquot tradition, figures such as these would be temporarily positioned, with arms raised, on the beach in front of the village, to welcome guests to special events.

The male figure wears the traditional knobbed hat denoting a high-ranking personage, possibly a whaling chief. The female figure wears the common domed hat. Both wear an apron-like garment traditionally made from the shredded, beaten and woven inner bark of the cedar tree.

These two figures, which are part of the Vancouver Museum’s permanent collection, have been placed here by Vancouver Airport Authority.

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