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Tribal Affiliation: Nuu-chah-nulth

Joe David is of Nuu-chah-nulth heritage. He was born in the Clayoquot village of Opitsat on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Joe grew up in Seattle and followed in a career in the arts as did many members of the David family.

After attending art school in the late sixties and then working as a commercial artist, Joe's interests turned to Northwest Coast Native art. His friendship with Bill Holm and Duane Pasco led all three into new explorations of the art of Southern Northwest Coast along with their work in the Northern formline style. Working with his cousin, Ron Hamilton, Joe experimented with serigraphs featuring traditional West Coast design motifs in what was for the time a new and innovative medium.

Throughout his career, Joe has produced pieces in styles from various regions of the Northwest Coast. During a recent conference of indigenous peoples in New Zealand, Maori tattoo designs inspired Joe to create a mask in bronze. Joe has been instrumental in the resurgence of Nuu-chah-nulth art and ceremony. His art reflects a deep commitment to spirituality and cultural heritage.

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