ECHACHIS - LITHOGRAPH
When you look southwest from Tonquin beach in Tofino you see what appears to be one island most people recognize as Wickaninnish. There is actually a narrow passage at high tide that separates Wickaninnish from Echachis Island. I've visited the island with my friend and carver Joe Martin.
One day as I watched the sunset colors over Echachis and listened to a raven talking I was reminded of the Clayoquot people who were whalers in the old days.
Echachis means "rising" in the language of the locals. It was a place of waiting for whales as well as a place to bring the whales to the beach to be divided among the people.
I love this wild west coast place and the many stories of people who live here and who have lived here in the past.
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