Chief Speaker by Doug David, made of Red Cedar, Red Cedar bark, Horse Hair, Feathers, Copper and Abalone …
Doug David, born in Seattle Washington 1971
Mother: Sandra Bluehorse, sisseton-wappiton nakota. North Dakota USA
Father: Joe David, Tla-o-qui-aht. BC, Canada
“I am the single father 7 children , 4 of home age who live with me in Port Alberni b.c located on central Vancouver Island, BC.
both my parents are artist’s so I don’t really have a definite starting point for my career, i have always been around it and allot of my early drawings I’ve been told were images mimicking the art being created around me by my parents.
My father went in another direction from his family when I was 3 yrs old. so I was predominately schooled by my mother in her traditional ways of the plains Indians. A lot of 2D painting and construction art like dreamcatcher’s, rawhide parfleche’s, painted shields and leather and beadwork. My first outlet for commercial art was at the Pike Place Market in Seattle Wash. at the age of twelve with my mom.
I spent a few summers growing though with my father up off of Tofino, where my father’s people have lived for thousands of years. He had two cabins, a main house and a private room/cabin, on a isolated island belonging to our people. It was here at age 8 that my father first began teaching me the stories that demand these images as well as the care of and use of these tools. The knives and adzes and mauls and chisels. My father was a determined worker and had opportunity to see many incredible images emerge from rough blocks of ancient cedar. Moments that I flash back to from time to time.
I have been an artist my whole life but it is only part of me. I have lived and traveled from Alaska to Hawaii and from California to the Dakotas, along the way learning the local forms of expression. I have most enjoyed aside from carving cedar, making Pahu drums from coconut trees to sell to the art market as well as hula halau’s – native dance schools, of Hawaii, Maui and Oahu.
My work is collected to almost every continent in many different forms and i have participated in a handful of major exhibitions on the west coast of Canada and the US”.