Coast Salish artist, Joe Jack is a Status Band Member of the Cowichan Tribes. He was born and raised on the Cowichan Reserve where his parents lived. His father was the late Don Elliott from Deer Home Reserve in Glenora and his mother is Adeline Jack originally from the Quamichan Reserve.
Joe carries two First Nation names. The first pronounced ‘Tthets’ which came from his grandfather Joseph Jack and the other ‘Luh leh ulug’ from his granduncle Joseph Edwards.
Joe was sent to a Residential school as a child, attending the Port Alberni Residential school from 1970-72. Since then he has stayed deep within his community. At 15 he began carving in wood as a hobby and at age 26 began carving full time with mainly gold and some silver. The spectacular beauty and history of his community inspires him to carve distinctive elegant works of traditional Salish art.
Joe is a very spiritual man who enjoys communion with nature wherein the spirits of his ancestors live. He often sits atop Mt. Tzouhalem and wonders at the rich history and the beautiful valley where he helps raise his children.
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