Joe David
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"Joe David" is a Canada/Canadian-born artist, a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht Band of the Nuu-chah-nulth people/Nuu-chah-nulth people, also formally "adopted" into the Haida people, whose work is identified with the modern Northwest Coast art movement; among his close associates are teacher and art historian Bill Holm (art historian)/Bill Holm, Duane Pasco and Frank Charlie (with whom he apprenticed), and his cousin Ki-Ke-In/Ron Hamilton. He is also a singer of traditional Nuu-chah-nulth songs, and has a strong interest in shamanic traditions, both those from his own culture and from others.

David was born in the Clayoquot Sound/Clayoquot village of Opitsat 1, British Columbia/Opitsat (on Meares Island off the west coast of Vancouver Island) and grew up in Seattle, Washington. His father, Hyacinth David gave him a strong grounding in his cultural heritage. He studied art in the Job Corps, attended art school in Markos, Texas and Seattle, and worked briefly as a commercial artist (among other places, for Seattle's The Bon Marché/Bon Marché department store) before, in 1969, turning more specifically to Northwest Coast Native art after he was "blitzed" by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture/Burke Museum collection of Northwest Native art, curated by Bill Holm.

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