The installation of a sculpture in recognition of Portuguese Joe Silvey and both his first and second Coast Salish wives Khaltinaht and Kwatleemaat. They were early pioneers of Gastown, Vancouver and the whaling and fishing industry along the British Columbia Coast. The full sized sculpture will bring to life the early ancestrial connection of the Portuguese and Coast Salish communities.
The Story of Joe Silvey
Joe Silvey Born on Pico Island, of Portugal’s Azores Islands, sometime between 1830 and 1840, Joseph Silvey began whaling when he was just 12 years old. In 1860, when Silvey came to the BC coast on a whaling schooner.
The Artist Luke Marston
"I am inspired by the legacy of my ancestors. My work is a reflection of the respect I feel for the master carvers of long ago. I believe as an artist, that we have to find a balance between traditional and contemporary art, and at the same time evolve and grow as Coast Salish people."
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