Whaler's Magic Paddle
Artist Joe David
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Nuu Chah Nulth
65" x 7" x 1"
Based on designs Joe David saw represented on historic model canoes in his youth, one side of the blade is painted with a design that mirrors a canoe from above, including the benches. On the other side, the artist painted an intriguing, simple red line that he has seen painted on old paddles, although he has no explanation as to its purpose. Joe David believes that designs of the past, like this one, were infused with an ancient knowledge and power.