• Koru Pendant

    Maori Artist

    $70.00 CAD

    Bone

    The Koru’s closed outer circle represents the circle of life which has no beginning or end, is seamless and of which we are all a part. It also tells of the stars and plants which are part of the circle of life and contain knowledge of our origins. For the artist, it represents the relationship or oneness between himself and his craft, bringing together head, hand and heart.

    The spiral of a Koru, which is the fern frond as it opens, brings new life and purity to the world. It also represents peace, tranquility and spirituality along with a strong sense of re-growth or new beginnings. The Koru is often associated with nurturing so is frequently used to represent strength and purity of a loving relationship within a family.

    The intertwining of these elements represent oneness within the natural world where spirituality, strength, beauty, old and new life all blend into one unifying force.

     

  • Sisiutl

    Richard Shorty

    $150.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 250

    2007

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery)

  • Communicator to the Spirit World

    Luke Marston

    $300.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 70

    2008

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery)

  • Killerwhale Ring

    Norman Bentley

    $2,640.00 CAD

    14K Yellow Gold, 14K White Gold Rails, Engraved
    Cut-Out Design
    Width: 7/16″
    Size: 6.75

     

  • con TEXT

    lessLIE

    $450.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 100

    2009

    Unframed

    (For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery)


    “As a contemporary Northwest Coast artist, the de-contextualization of Northwest Coast art is of great interest to me. By some scholars and Northwest Coast traditionalists, Northwest Coast ceremonial art has generally been perceived as de-contextualized when taken away from its ceremonial context. When the words and songs and dances are taken away from Northwest Coast art, it is perceived by some as being robbed of its meaning; hence the title “Con Text.” As a contemporary Coast Salish artist, one of the undertakings of my work is to create a new context for Coast Salish art through the utilization of text.”

     

    –lessLIE


     

  • Haida Moon Amulet

    Jay Simeon

    Price upon request

    22K Yellow Gold, Abalone shell, Mastodon Ivory, Cast

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  • Raven, Moon & Frog Amulet

    Marcel Russ

    $2,500.00 CAD

    Mastadon Ivory, Abalone Shell, Yew wood

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  • Supernatural Log Bracelet

    Marcel Russ

    Price upon request

    Sterling silver, Engraved
    Domed, Tapered

    The Supernatural Log is more commonly referred to as Snag or Ts’Amos (Alternate spellings: Ttaamuus, Tsamaos). He is the personification of the seafaring Haidas’ obstacles while on the ocean in canoes; driftwood or deadheads. The Snag is an amorphous supernatural creature both in artwork and in legend and first appeared as a crest figure of families along the Skeena River. It is believed to have first appeared on jewelry designs by the famed Charles Edenshaw, whose father took the Snag as a crest.

    A Snag can vary in appearance, much like the driftwood it imitates, but it almost always has a snag (deadhead) for a dorsal fin. It can be as simple as a dead log with a tail that can swim against the current. It can be a huge sea lion with dorsal fins and blowholes, or an enormous grizzly bear with a downturned mouth like a dogfish. It can be a hybrid of bear and Killerwhale, or raven and Killerwhale, with multiple bodies. It can be a large frog covered in seaweed with a snag sticking out of its back, and can even be a canoe or a schooner. Most visible at the change of tides, the Snag, if angered can breach and land on canoes, smashing them to bits. He also can make huge waves to capsize boats. The Snag was frequently featured as a protective figure on Bentwood Boxes that contained treasured artifacts, and is frequently depicted with Raven, its counterpart.

    The Snag is a very important feature in the Haida legend of How the World Was Formed. Before there was the world as we know it, Raven was flying and flying and flying, and finally came to rest on a single rock, which was the tip of Haida Gwaii and the beginning of the world. This rock, was supported beneath (from the undersea world) by a stone house pole, which was in fact the fin of the Snag. It is therefore common to see the Raven and Snag in conjunction in Haida art. The Snag figure can be seen as an acceptance of responsibility for supporting the world, similar to the Atlas figure in Greek mythology.

    It is believed the legends around the Snag was a warning for those who travelled by canoe to be more wary of their surroundings, especially at the change of the tides, and keep them alert on the water. When the tides change, deadheads and hidden logs or obstacles can suddenly appear and be a danger. As the Haida relied on trade with Mainland Nations to survive, it was pertinent for them to be adept at sea, paddling the vast distances to and from the islands to the coast.

  • Frog Eating Dragonfly Pendant

    Christian White

    $2,200.00 CAD

    Argillite, Catlinite, Abalone shell, Sterling silver

    The Frog symbolizes luck, prosperity, stability and healing. As a communicator, Frogs connect with the world on land and under water. This figure is often carved into totem poles to prevent them from falling over.

  • Tapered Basket

    Isabel Rorick RCA

    $4,800.00 CAD

    Plain twining & Strawberry weave patterns, Three strand twining rim

    Spruce Root, Four bands of dyed root

    Featured in the 2009 exhibition – Haida Masterworks: the ancestral spirit lives on

    Isabel Rorick comes from a long line of weavers, including her great-grandmother Isabella Edenshaw; her grandmother, Selina Peratrovich; her mother, Primrose Adams, and her Aunt, Delores Churchill. Using the Haida language of form, Isabel incorporates many traditional designs into her baskets and hats, like that of the dragonfly, raven’s tail, and spider web or slug trail.

     

  • Berry-Style Basket

    Isabel Rorick RCA

    $5,200.00 CAD

    Plain twining

    Spruce root, Four bands of dyed root

    Featured in the 2009 exhibition – Haida Masterworks: the ancestral spirit lives on

    Isabel Rorick comes from a long line of weavers, including her great-grandmother Isabella Edenshaw; her grandmother, Selina Peratrovich; her mother, Primrose Adams, and her Aunt, Delores Churchill. Using the Haida language of form, Isabel incorporates many traditional designs into her baskets and hats, like that of the dragonfly, raven’s tail, and spider web or slug trail.

  • Hawk Moon Pendant

    Vernon Joseph White

    $1,600.00 CAD

    Argillite, Abalone Shell, Sterling Silver, Mastodon ivory

    The Hawk takes its place in the supernatural spiritual world, inspiring unique designs for masks, rattles and jewelry. For the Haida Nation, it was used to represent the Thunderbird. Often associated with the Sun, the Hawk can be distinguished by its curled beak which curves to meet the tip of the lower jaw.

    When the Raven brought light to the world, some versions of the legend say that it was the Hawk who made the Raven drop the box so it opened, releasing the Sun, Moon and Stars into the Universe.

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  • “Getting Things Right” Cockleshell Rattle Amulet with Hat Stand

    Gwaai Edenshaw

    Price upon request

    22K Yellow Gold, Platinum, Abalone shell, Cast, Engraved
    Includes Skil Hat Stand; Yew wood, Brass
    Edition 1 of 3
    2008

    5.25″ x 2.75″ x 2.75″ (including stand)

  • Beaver & Bear Box

    Derek J. White

    $8,000.00 CAD

    Sterling Silver, Argillite, Abalone shell, Engraved

    Although Derek White’s Beaver and Bear Box is constructed from the contemporary material of Sterling Silver combined with Argillite, this box retains its traditional values through conception and imagery. Derek exhibits his mastery in his precision of line and perfect symmetry of the formline on this treasure. The gently angled lid with Abalone inlay as well as the engraved and incised elements on the box is suggestive of the prototypic bent cornered wooden boxes and chests.

  • Spirituality

    Susan Point RCA

    $1,200.00 CAD

    Serigraph, Edition of 90

    2009

    Unframed

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  • Challenging Traditions: Contemporary First Nations Art of the Northwest Coast

    Ian M. Thom

    $60.00 CAD

    In a stunning resurgence over the past few decades, contemporary First Nations artists of the Northwest Coast have established themselves as among the most dynamic and important artist working in North America. Challenging Traditions honours this success by presenting the work of 40 of the most celebrated living artists, whose achievements reveal an accomplished melding of contemporary vitality with traditional genres. The work of such acknowledged masters as Robert Davidson, Dempsey Bob, Susan Point, Preston Singletary, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Jim Hart, and Richards Hunt, plus many younger artists, is presented in 100 colour photographs of primarily new pieces, amply demonstrating that the historic strengths of Northwest Coast culture are alive, well and continuously evolving.

    For more than a century, the state and church actively discouraged First Nations from pursuing their traditional cultures, but they persisted in keeping alive their art and ceremony. With the rise of cultural and political activism, Native art is now flourishing on an unprecedented scale. Many artists are examining the meaning and purpose of First Nations art in the twentieth-century, while following traditions and boldly experimenting with innovative subjects, techniques and materials.

    Ian Thom explores these contradictions by describing the career, working methods and philosophy of each artist, all of whom he interviewed especially for this book. He also discusses at least two significant recent artworks by each artist.

    Both senior and younger artists from all of the major First Nations on the Northwest Coast are featured, working in a variety of media and styles: groundbreaking abstract painting and metal sculptures, painstakingly woven spruce root hats and ceremonial woollen robes, works in glass, masks, carved panels, painted drums, striking political paintings, “Haida manga,” jewelry, carved argillite works and bentwood boxes.

    This book is beautiful, provocative introduction to the best contemporary First Nations art of the Northwest Coast, in the words and works of some of its leading lights.

    Published in 2009

    Hardcover

  • Ceremonial Talking Stick

    Dr. Richard Hunt RCA

    Price upon request

    Red Cedar wood, Abalone shell (over 150 individual inlaid pieces), Acrylic paint

    More images available upon request.

    69 x 12 x 11″ (including base)

     

  • Huupukanum Tupaat : Out of the Mist: Treasures of the Nuu Chah Nulth Chiefs

    Martha Black

    $39.95 CAD

    This visually sumptuous book features works of the historical and contemporary importance of Nuu Chah Nulth art and culture.  It illustrates and documents the traveling exhibition of the same name curated by the Royal British Columbia Museum.

    Huupukwanum and Tupaat are Nuu-chah-nulth words that designate everything a chief owns, including valued hereditary names and songs, objects and dances, rights and privileges, lands and resources.

    These Nuu-chah-nulth concepts introduce non-aboriginal people to the profound philosophical, spiritual and personal connections that these objects had – and continue to have – with Nuu-chah-nulth communities.

    Published in 1999

    Softcover

  • Totem Pole Carving: Bringing a Pole to Life

    Vickie Jensen

    $26.95 CAD

    The totem pole is a distinctive and widely admired form of traditional Northwest Coast Native art.  Once nearly lost, this art form is alive and thriving today.  In this beautifully photographed book, Vickie Jensen collaborates with Norman Tait, a renowned Nisga’a artist, and his crew of young carvers to document the process of transforming a log into a totem pole.

    Throughout the carving process, Tait requires the apprentices to make their own tools, design their regalia and practice traditional drumming, songs and dances.  He teaches the young carvers that carving a pole requires more than time and labour, more than a firm understanding of the tools and techniques and more than artistic and emotional commitment.  The process involves respecting and following tradition and becoming involved in their cultural background.

    Published in 2003

    Softcover

  • The Raven Steals the Light

    Robert Bringhurst and Bill Reid

    $14.95 CAD

    Ten masterful, complex drawings by Bill reid are accompanied by ten episodes from Haida mythology told by Bill Reid and Robert Bringhurst.  The result brings Haida art and mythology alive as never before.

    Published in 1996

    Softcover

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