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Red Cedar wood, Twine, Acrylic paint
|Dimensions||13 x 6 x 6"|
|Nation||Coast Salish Nation|
Coast Salish (Cowichan) Nation
Simon Charlie was born in 1920 near Duncan, British Columbia. He was a member of the Cowichan Tribes, which constitute the largest single First Nation Band in British Columbia. Much like the renowned Susan Point, Simon’s work played a significant role in the revival, preservation, and recent flourishing of traditional Coast Salish art. He was key figure in the promotion of traditional Coast Salish designs, and spent much of his time helping other Coast Salish artists connect to their heritage through the artistic styles of their ancestors.
Simon had a great passion for keeping the traditions, language, arts, and culture of his people alive for future generations. This passion sparked an unmatched dedication to passing his knowledge regarding traditional Coast Salish methods and designs on to younger Coast Salish artists. As a result, many of the Coast Salish master carvers of today were once apprentices of Simon Charlie.
His work teaching the heritage, culture, and traditions of the Cowichan Coast Salish people to both First Nations and non-First Nations individuals earned Simon many honours prior to his death in 2005. The most notable of these honours include the National Centennial Medal (1967), the Order of British Columbia (2001), and the Order of Canada (2003).
Simon once estimated that he had carved approximately 22 logging truckloads of cedar trees throughout his thirty-year career. The pieces that were produced from these logs can be found across both Canada and the United States, as well as in Holland, New Zealand, Australia, South America, Europe, and Japan. As this demonstrates, the work of Simon Charlie was truly world-renowned.
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This piece opens to reveal an inner box with relief engraving that echos the outer lid.
Traditionally, boxes were considered prized possessions and customarily used to store wealth or special ceremonial objects such as masks, rattles, clothing and adornments. People often gave names to these beautiful ornate boxes, told stories about their histories and treated them as family heirlooms. However, non-decorated boxes acted as instruments of life – from storing less precious articles, to food and later used for mortuary purposes. In Haida mythology, a stack of boxes contained the essence from which Raven created the world.
Eagle, Dogfish, Beaver and Frog Box retains its traditional elements through conception and imagery. Derek exhibits his mastery in his precision of line and perfect symmetry of the formline of 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.
The box contains not only depictions of four important crest animals, but connects to past traditions in which a box held more than the material object, it also linked people to their heritage, lineage and each other.
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