Watch "Tribal Journeys 2014 to Bella Bella and the QATUWAS FESTIVAL"
On July 4th, 2014 the Kw'umut Lelum and Malahat Nation Canoe Family left from Brown's Bay Vancouver Island to make their way to Bella Bella and the 2014 Tribal Journeys QATUWAS FESTIVAL. As they follow the ancient water routes traveled by their their ancestors, they are welcomed to each nation's traditional lands with ceremony and protocols. The return to Bella Bella was a memorable journey not only for the youth, but also for many Elders as they traveled through pristine waters and remote locations to the lands of the Heiltsuk Nation where the first Tribal Journeys gathering took place over 25 years ago.
Watch "Malahat Nation: First Nations Land Management" (10 minutes, December 2014)
Read: Press Release and website for Málexet Nation / Malahat Nation
The cultural heritage of The People of the Warm Land, Shhweenustham 'u tu Quw'utsun Hwulmuhw, the Cowichan Region of B.C. Canada, is story told through a series of short films by filmmaker Phil Ives.
Watch "The Story of Cedar: Cowichan Workshop"
(29:16 minutes, 2012) From the moment of birth, to the time of passing, cedar has traditionally played a vital role in the life of the First People of the Pacific Northwest. This 30min documentary tells the story of cedar, how the bark is stripped from the cedar tree and prepared for cedar weaving (hats) and discusses the art of cedar weaving and the affect this workshop had on the participants. Project was facilitated by Maria Sampson. The video was produced by Louise McMurray and the Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival and directed, shot and edited by Phil Ives.
Watch "Harold Joe, Cowichan Carver, Totem Pole for M'akola Housing, Duncan BC"
(17:44 minutes, 2011) Harold Joe, Cowichan Carver of Totem Poles, discusses the planning, designing and carving of the pole including symbolism, animal totems and healing in his creations.
Video: See the pole being moved with commentary by George Rice
Watch "Herb Rice, Cowichan Coast Salish Native Pacific Northwest, Master Carver"
(26:25 minutes, 2012) An interview with Herb Rice, a Coast Salish Native Indian Artist from the Pacific Northwest, is a Master Wood Carver whose work is in private collections all over the world. Herb discussed style, knives, history and technique during this 26 min documentary.
Watch "Harvey George: Fishing Boat Carver"
(5:32 minutes, 2013) A 5 minute video interview with Elder Harvey George model fishing boat carver from Duncan, BC. 12 of his carved boats are located in the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre.
Directed by Phil Ives Google+
Website: Cowichan Aboriginal Film Festival
Video: Cowichan International Aboriginal Festival of Film & Art: Highlights
Website: Cowichan Tribes ~ Shhweenustham 'u tu Quw'utsun Hwulmuhw The People of the Warm Land
Website: Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group
Website: Cowichan Today