Tla-o-qui-aht Dugout Canoe

ƛaʔUukʷiatḥ̣ Dugout Canoe

Short Forum

After working as a clearcut logger in the Clayoquot Sound, master carver and land defender Joe Martin reconciles his past by revitalizing the ancestral knowledge and artistic practice of the traditional Tla-o-qui-aht dugout canoe.

Screens in program VIFF Short Forum: Programme 3

World premiere
Director Icon Director
Steven Davies

Joe Martin
Producer Steven Davies
Screenwriter Joe Martin, Steven Davies
Cinematographer Dani Zaviceanu
Editor Mike Wavrecan, Denis Pilon
Production Company Seawolf Productions
Contact Seawolf Productions Inc.
Canada 2021 11 min. In English and Nuu Chah Nulth with English subtitles


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Steven Thomas Davies is a Coast Salish (Snuneymuxw/European-Canadian) filmmaker who was born and raised in the traditional territories of the Lekwungen-speaking Peoples (now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt), W̱SÁNEĆ, and the Salish Sea. He makes films and media art that centre spiritual, cultural, and political themes to reconnect with Indigenous histories and epistemologies to educate himself and others. Steven feels a huge responsibility to the artists, knowledge keepers, and cultural leaders that have mentored and supported his growth, and the individuals whose voices and actions are shared in his work.