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“The focus point in this piece of art is a Spring Salmon depicted with the face of Humanity. Traditionally, the native societies were established around fishing, hunting, and gathering. The most valuable resource was salmon. For thousands of years, salmon was the primary food source for the people on the Canadian Northwest Coast. As a result of overfishing came a time of scarcity. Salmon perished and humanity depended heavily on its return. Salmon is a powerful symbol of regeneration, prosperity, and renewal for the Haida people.
In the bottom right corner of this painting, Kuugan Jaad (also known as Mouse Woman) comes into sight. She is a character in many Haida legends. Mouse Woman is a supernatural being. She is the mother of Raven according to the mythology. She often appears in stories as a helper or advisor to those who are on a journey or to those who have crossed (or are about to cross) to another dimension (Spirit World or the unknown). She is highly respected as she offers great wisdom to restore order and balance. According to mythology, Mouse Woman can change shapes. She can be a big-eyed mouse and change into a tiny human grandmother. However, in art, her appearance is mostly abstract.
When I’m creating a design, sometimes subconsciously Kuugan Jaad just appears in the art piece. Her form arises automatically during the creative process. It is striking because she is known to lend a helping hand to story characters in our legends.“ ~ Robert Davidson
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CA$3,500.00Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Abalone shell, Acrylic paint
“I am grateful to witness these [Anna’s Hummingbirds] seasonally. The colors were inspired by a male hummingbird. They show pink and orange reflective feathers on their necks, which really stand out at certain angles. The females have more green and grey-coloured feathers, which helps them blend into their surrounding and nesting areas more swiftly [to avoid predators].
[Hummingbirds] are also great pollinators and can visit up to 2000 flowers a day. [I created this box to show my appreciation] for one of the many hard-working pollinators that we are blessed to share our home with. Hardworking, not only for their own self, but for every other living being that inhabits our home. Thank you! Stutwiniitscw!” – Reuben Mack
Oil paint on Canvas
“I started painting this piece a few years ago. The idea came to me while I was sitting and thinking about how quiet it was the day after my youngest child left home. I felt a bit lost.
It was the first of many paintings I did that year. There are many hours of intricate twig detail but at the time, I was relieved to focus my attention on painting rather than being sad and missing my kids. This was one of the most time-consuming oil paintings I have ever attempted and took the longest to complete. Through it, I felt I regained my freedom to be creative and found myself in my art again.
The nest sits empty with complex twigs intertwining with each other. They represent all that I am as a mother intertwined with hope, worry, pride, sadness, and happiness for my kids. I’ve added a ghostly white Haida Raven overlooking the empty nest to represent myself.” – Trace Yeomans