The Nuu-chah-nulth, also formerly referred to as the Nootka, are one of the first peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada. The term ‘Nuu-chah-nulth’ is used to describe fifteen separate but related nations, such as the Nuchatlaht First Nation, whose traditional home is in the Pacific Northwest on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
‘Copperwoman’ is from the traditional legends. It is a story of evolution, re-told by Ann Cameron in her book ‘Daughters of Copperwoman’. In this painting Copperwoman has emerged as the guardian of the land. She cares for her young one with a strength and calm that is without challenge.