George C. David

(Canadian | Nuu-chah-nulth, born 1950, died 2016)

Late artist and master carver George C. David (Nuu-chah-nulth, 1950-2016) was very interested and involved with spirituality in his life and art. In his own words: “Our minds are our strengths, our links to the past. You can only do so much with your hands. The majority comes from your soul. Our work is more than an art – it’s something that’s alive within our people.”

George C. David was born on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. He was of First Nations Nuu-chah-nulth heritage (of Western Vancouver Island) and learned to carve from his father and his family of artists. David studied at the University of Washington in Seattle. He married a Makah tribal member and settled in Neah Bay, on the Olympic Peninsula in Northwestern Washington.