Nelson Joseph : Hupacasath Carver

My research on late Hupacasath carver Nelson Joseph culminated in an exhibition at the Alberni Valley Museum on view from June through September, 2014. Nelson’s work has up to this point been under-recognized, but is illustrative of distinctive Nuu Chah Nulth approaches to carving in addition to having its own unique voice.


For the opening, remarks were held in an adjacent room, and the Hupacasath singers and dancers led guests into the galleries.


Nelson’s brother Stuart unveiled the exhibition.

DSC_0314 Opening night had a fantastic turnout.

DSC_0317Over 70 works were on display, more were studied and photographed. Members of the community from all over the Valley opened up their homes and collections to this research.


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The book is in process. We hope to publish it in 2015.