Black Thunder Being Headdress, 2011
Preston Singletary & Joe David
Spirit Wrestler Gallery
In 2011, Preston collaborated with Nuu-Chah-Nulth artist Joe David on a Pacific Northwest Coast collaborative exhibition celebrating their creativity and friendship.
The title of their exhibition, Ka Ka Win Chealth, is the traditional family name given to Joe David and passed to Preston in a ceremonial adoption in 2000 — its translation is “Orca Transforming” or “Wolf Transforming into Killerwhale”. Joe David is from the Wolf crest of the Nuu-chah-nulth nation and Preston Singletary is of the Killerwhale clan of the Tlingit nation, so this name aptly fits both the artists and this exhibition. The relationship between these artists has been an interesting one and it continues to evolve both personally and professionally, as they are close friends, artists, and collaborators.