Located on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia the Tseshaht Band is part of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations and is a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. Tseshaht means 'the people of the "cisaa"' or what is known today as Benson Island. This is the place where the Tseshaht people came into being and their traditional territory encompasses all the Broken Islands, Barkley Sound and the Alberni Valley. Because their livelihood depended on the practices of whaling and fishing, the Tseshaht people became extremely skilled at these practices and their lives were extremely connected to their land-base. 1
Both artists George Clutesi and Ramona Gus, who have prints in the collections at the University of Victoria, are from the Tseshaht First Nation.