GLASS as a contemporary medium in First Nations art creates a light, illuminating visual statement while utilizing traditional formlines. Its translucent nature softens the composition, clearly redefining the progression of this ancient artform.

  • Haida Glass Totem

    Clarence Mills

    $225.00 CAD

    Glass, etched and sandblasted

    Created in the contemporary medium of glass, Clarence Mills’ Haida Totem is an interplay between tradition and innovation. This piece makes a strong visual statement with its structured Haida form line, and yet the translucent nature of the glass softens the composition. The totem blends ancient animal symbolism within a stylized contemporary form and demonstrates how innovative Clarence is with this medium.

    Available Crest Figures: Eagle, Raven, Bear & Human

  • Salmon Glass Panel

    Chester (Chaz) Patrick

    $3,900.00 CAD

    Glass, Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint

     

    Every household and every clan possessed its own history and traditions in the form of myths and legends. Often describing how an individual had met a supernatural being, in animal form, who had given ownership of certain privileges. These privileges are a highly important part of First Nations life and are retained by particular family groups through their laws of inheritance. Privileges gave an individual status in the community and were more highly valued than any material possession.

    Salmon are honoured and celebrated by all coastal peoples: the fish serves as a powerful symbol of regeneration, self-sacrifice, and perseverance.

    Shortages of salmon are traditionally attributed to human disrespect and refusal to listen to and live by the wisdom of elders. The Pacific Northwest Coast peoples believed that salmon were actually people with eternal life who lived in a large house far under the ocean. In spring, they put on their salmon disguises and offered themselves to humans as food.

    The Nations believed that when entire fish skeletons were returned to the sea, the spirits would rise again and change into salmon people. In this way, the cycle could begin again the following year.

    Chaz’s beautifully etched glass Salmon Panel pays tribute to First Nation culture, oral history and traditions. These are testament to an ideology in which we are all interconnected and part of the greater whole – each related to and affecting one another.

     

  • Haida Eagle Pole

    Geoff Greene

    $850.00 CAD

    Glass, etched and sandblasted

    16.75 x 14 x 5″ (including base)

    While cedar wood predominates in creating poles, noted Haida artist Geoff Greene has applied his foresight in designing traditional Haida motifs in the contemporary medium of glass. This makes a strong visual statement with its structured Haida form line, and yet the translucent nature of the glass softens the composition, clearly redefining the progression of Haida art.

  • Eagle’s Play Glass Rattle

    Susan Point

    Price upon request

    Hand blown glass, Red Cedar wood base

    This beautiful contemporary rattle is made with hand-blown glass, an example of Susan Point’s balance between traditional and contemporary styles. It demonstrates her ability to diversify, yet reveals her respect for tradition and ancient mythology. Based on an ancient implement, a spindle whorl was used for spinning wool into yarn for the process of creating fine woolen blankets.⁠

  • Haida Lineage Pole – 3ft

    Geoff Greene

    $4,900.00 CAD

    Glass, etched and sandblasted, Edition of 45

    Exclusive to Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery

    The interplay between tradition and innovation is the premise for this contemporary totem pole.  While cedar wood predominates, noted Haida artist, Geoff Greene has applied his foresight in designing traditional Haida motifs in the contemporary medium of glass.  It makes a strong visual statement with its structured Haida form line, yet the translucent nature of the glass softens the composition, clearly defining the progression of Haida art.  From the top, the Eagle is portrayed perched, with the Raven and Moon following. The Eagle signifies peace and friendship, while the Raven is the folk hero who created the Moon, stars and the universe. The Bear, at the base of the totem, is a close relative to mankind known to share both human and animal traits.

    Available with Stainless steel or Natural Maple wood base.

  • Salmon Sculpture

    Chester (Chaz) Patrick

    $980.00 CAD

    Exclusive to Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery

    Glass; etched and sandblasted (Glass thickness 12mm)

    Salmon are honoured and celebrated by all coastal peoples: the fish serves as a powerful symbol of regeneration, self-sacrifice and perseverance.

    Shortages of Salmon are traditionally attributed to human disrespect and refusal to listen to and live by the wisdom of elders. The Pacific Northwest Coast peoples believed that Salmon were actually people with eternal life who lived in a large house far under the ocean. In spring, they put on their Salmon disguises and offered themselves to humans as food.

  • Haida Eagle Pole

    Geoff Greene

    $2,750.00 CAD

    Glass, etched and sandblasted, 20K Gold Leaf, Edition of 57

    Glass thickness 12mm

    Exclusive to Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery

    Geoff Greene’s Haida Eagle Totem pays tribute to an important symbol and crest figure to the Haida nation. Created in the contemporary medium of glass, the Haida Eagle Totem celebrates traditional design within a luminous setting that speaks to the evolution of the classic Haida form.

    The Eagle is respected for its intelligence and power as well as its vision both figurative and literal; it claims both honor and a high stature. The Eagle Clan is traditionally the most prominent family and the Eagle Chief the most powerful chief. Although revered as a powerful hunter, the Eagle’s feathers are considered sacred. Traditionally, Shamans believed that Eagle feathers possessed healing powers and thus used them in various ceremonial and ritual contexts; today these feathers are still strewn to welcome an honored guest.

    Geoff Greene’s beautifully etched and sandblasted Haida Eagle Totem employs the magnificent translucent nature of glass in its finish along with the accent of gold leaf to provide additional depth and interest within this unique work. Masterly created, this piece blends ancient animal symbolism within a stylized contemporary form and demonstrates how many artists are setting themselves apart through their unique concepts.

    Available with Stainless steel or Natural Maple wood base.

  • Orca

    Chester (Chaz) Patrick

    $980.00 CAD

    Exclusive to Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery

    Glass; Etched and sandblasted (Glass thickness 12mm)

    Every Household and every clan possessed its own history and traditions in the form of myths and legends. Often describing how an individual had met a supernatural being, in animal form, who had given ownership of certain privileges. These privileges are a highly important part of First Nations life and are retained by particular family groups through their laws of inheritance. Privileges gave an individual status in the community and were more highly valued than any material possession.

    In reality there were rights, such as the right to use a figure on a house post, wear a mask or to perform a dance at a ceremony. Very typical of these legends was the tale of Natcitlaneh, who was abandoned on an island by his brothers-in-law, who were jealous of his prowess as a hunter. He was rescued by the sea lions and taken to their village in a cave, where in gratitude for his healing their Chief, gave him supernatural powers which enabled him to carve eight wooden Killerwhales. These came to life when they were placed in the sea and avenged him by killing his brothers-in-law. As a mark of respect, Natcitlaneh built a house and named it Killerwhale House. According to legend the ancestors visited the house, located at the bottom of the ocean and obtained the right to use the Killerwhale as a crest. The Killerwhale was said to have originated from a single great white wolf that leaped into the sea and transformed itself into a Killerwhale, or Orca. That is why they have the white markings on their sides, travel in packs and are such skilled hunters. The Orca is considered to be the ocean manifestation of the wolf and the two animals are considered to be directly related.

    Another beautiful legend tells that long ago Orca was one color, black and she lived in the water like all fish. Then she fell in love with Osprey and he with her. The Orca wanted to know so badly what it felt like to fly so she leapt farther and farther out of the water to be close to her love and Osprey spent more and more time close to the water to be near his love. Love has a way of making itself shown and expressed, and when their child was born, she was black like Orca, but with a white belly and head like the Osprey. The Orca has a song so beautiful that all creation is said to stop and listen to the Orca and that to be splashed by the Orca is to ensure great luck and happiness.

    Chaz’s beautifully sculptured glass Killerwhales pay tribute to First Nation culture, oral history and traditions. These are testament to an ideology in which we are all interconnected and part of the greater whole- each related and affecting the other.

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