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Red Cedar wood, Yellow Cedar wood, Operculum shell, Acrylic paint
14.75 x 14.5 x 9.25”
Corey Bulpitt was born in 1978 in Prince Rupert B.C. Raised in Langley B.C. he graduated from the Langley Fine Arts School in 1996. Upon graduation, Corey moved to his traditional homeland of the Haida Gwaii [Queen Charlotte Islands] where he apprenticed for 3 years under his uncle renowned Haida artist Christian White. After his apprenticeship, he moved back to Vancouver and has since been working with his other uncle and master carver Jim Hart at the Museum of Anthropology.
Corey has been specializing in masks, argillite sculptures, printmaking, jewelry, painting and various other mediums. He has studied many older pieces by great Haida and other west coast artists. Corey looks into the past for his inspiration but he also experiments with contemporary mediums and design elements.
Corey is currently working on some projects with some of his up and coming peers including Kwaguilth artist Ryan Cranmer and his Haida cousin Vernon White.
Volcano Woman is perhaps one of the oldest and most revered legends which tells of a mortal”s fate if he/she does not treat sacred objects or creatures with respect. In defense of her beloved wild creatures, she controls the powerful volcanoes. Stories tell of how the killing of a frog leads the Volcano woman to destroy an entire village.
Volcano Woman is a supernatural, powerful person in First Nations mythology. She had a son who, like his mother, had supernatural abilities. He often liked to change from his Human form to that of a Frog (Wukus).
Years ago, a Prince and his two friends went fishing. Hungry, they lay their food on leaves. The Wukus (Frog), being mischievous, jumped on their food. Twice the young Prince threw the Frog into the shrubs but on the third time they threw the frog into the fire and killed the innocent creature.
A few nights later, a woman could be heard crying and wailing. “Who has done this, come forward and I will spare your village.” This warning went unheeded for some time until finally a Woman of the Elders went to the village outskirts to see her. Volcano Woman instructed the Woman of the Elders to send forth the three young men and she would spare the village from volcanic destruction. The Woman of the Elders begging for the sake of the Village told of Volcano Woman”s ultimatum – but this warning went unheeded.
On the final night of the village's existence, Volcano Woman was heard saying, “I asked for those responsible to take heed and now you will know my vengeance.” The Village shook, a Volcano erupted, destroying the village and all who lived there.