Hilary Stewart explains through her vivid descriptions, 550 drawings and 50 photographs, the tools and techniques used, as well as the superbly crafted objects and their uses in the context of daily and ceremonial life. Anecdotes, oral history and the accounts of early explorers, traders, missionaries and native elders highlight the text.
Published in 1995
This indispensable and beautifully illustrated book is the first to introduce everyone, from the casual observer to the serious collector of Northwest Coast prints, to the forms, cultural background and structures of this highly imaginative art.
Published in 1992
Looking at Totem Poles is an indispensable guide to 110 poles which exist in outdoor locations in coastal British Columbia and Alaska. Hilary Stewart provides an account to the various poles types, their function and symbolism and how they were raised.
Published in 1993
Some of the last copies of this book are available at our gallery as it is no longer being published.
Drew and Wilson outline the history of the Haida in relation to argillite carving.
In a key chapter, “A World Apart”, the reader is led through a tangle of Haida beliefs and legends seen through the artist’s mind as he sought to express the world around him.
The technical aspects of argillite – its nature, how it was quarried, the relationship of the carver to his material, clues to a carver’s identity through his carving style, the transformation of argillite art with the coming of the [Europeans], and its resurgence alongside contemporary art are detailed.
Argillite is study that will appeal to collectors, students of [First Nations] art and culture, and anyone interested in recapturing the formidable and legendary consciousness of this ancient people.
Published in 1980
The Collections of the Ethnological Museum Berlin.
The North American collection in the Ethnologisches Museum Berlin ranks among the most important in Europe. Different Native American cultures of the United States and Canada are represented here as well as the peoples of the Arctic.
Published in 1999
An important contribution to the fields of art and anthropology, Holm’s work is a genuinely analytical study of the basic elements of form which characterizes a particular aboriginal art style.
Published: 50th Anniversary Edition, 2015
Bill Holm passed away on December 16, 2020 at the age of 95.
Price upon request
20K Gold, Abalone; Repousse, Chased
2.5 x 2 x 1″ (including bale)
Jesse Brillon’s Eagle Amulet is cast in 20K gold and ornately inlayed with exquisite blue, green and purple hued abalone shells. This amulet illuminates ancient mythology and tradition. This contemporized work provides a visual reference to one of the most notable beings in First Nations art and culture: the Eagle.
Steeped in tradition, this masterfully carved work provides depth, grace and stature beyond the presented image. Jesse Brillon’s Eagle Pendant pays homage to the tradition of nature and the interconnection between all living creatures.
Ivory, Abalone, Sterling silver, engraved
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Spoons and ladles were traditionally made from either cedar wood or the horn of a mountain sheep, and their handles were carved with family crest images. Historically, these exquisitely sculptured objects were primarily created by people in Northern Nations, and were highly sought after by other nations. During potlatches [festive gatherings], cedar ladles decorated with the hosting family’s crests were used to serve food, while the elaborately carved mountain sheep spoons were distributed as gifts among the many guests.
Today, spoon and ladle productions are based on these traditional objects and are meant to be both objects of function and display. In addition to traditional mediums such as cedar wood, goat or mountain sheep horn, many modern-day spoons and ladles are constructed of gold, silver and pewter.