The Way Home

9780774890410: Paperback
Release Date: 1st December 2019

140 colour photos, 20 b&w photos

Dimensions: 203 x 254

Number of Pages: 192

UBC Press

The Way Home

Crafted from memories, legends, and art, this powerful memoir tells the uplifting story of an Indigenous man’s struggle to reconnect with his culture and walk in the footsteps of his father and the generations of Kwakwaka’wakw artists that came before him.
Paperback / £26.99
This book can only be pre-ordered within 2 months of the publication date.

David Neel was an infant when his father, a Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artist, died, triggering events that would separate him from the traditions of his homeland on Vancouver Island. When the aspiring photographer saw a mask carved by an ancestor in a Texas museum twenty-five years later, the encounter inspired him to return home and follow in his father’s footsteps. Drawing on memory, legend, and his own art, Neel recounts his struggle to reconnect with his culture and become an accomplished Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artist. His memoir is a testament to the strength of the human spirit to overcome great obstacles and to the power and endurance of Indigenous culture and art.

David Neel, carver, jeweller, painter, printmaker, and photographer, comes from a family of traditional Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw artists, including Dave Neel Sr., Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin, and Charlie James. In addition to apprenticing with carvers from Alert Bay on Vancouver Island, he received training in fine arts from the University of Kansas and Mount Royal College in Alberta. He is the author of Our Chiefs and Elders: Words and Photographs of Native Leaders and The Great Canoes: Reviving a Northwest Coast Tradition. He is dedicated to promoting and preserving his Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw heritage. He lives in Vancouver.