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Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
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Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
|Dimensions||47 x 47 x 2"|
|Nation||Coast Salish / Kwakwaka'wakw Nations|
Coast Salish / Kwakwaka’wakw Nations
Klatle Bhi, pronounced “Klath Bay”, was born in North Vancouver, British Columbia in 1966. His name, given to him by his grandmother, Emily Baker, means “Head Killerwhale of a pod of Killerwhales.”
His interest in the art world began at a young age with avid study of his ancestors who were featured in museums and galleries. He spent two years apprenticing with master carver Simon Dick and attributes a large part of his success to this time.
Klatle Bhi spent many hours with Wayne Alfred, Wade Baker, and Rick Harry absorbing their understanding and knowledge of Native culture. His uncle, T. Richard Baker, has shared with Klatle the knowledge he has gained over many years of working with renowned Haida artists Bill Reid, Robert Davidson and Jim Hart.
Klatle is committed to the spiritual and cultural expression of his people. He has taken part in cultural events such as mask dancing, singing, Potlaching as well as playing a prominent role in the revival of sea-going canoe journeys. Many of his carvings and graphics express his personal and spiritual journey. To Klatle, creating with his hands serves as a source of purification and learning.
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“People of the Eagle” Frontlet, masterfully carved and painted by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Barry Scow, represents the Chief and his people of the Eagle clan. True to form of Barry’s fine carving, this frontlet portrays the Eagle with Sun, and commemorates Barry’s link to his Grandfather, who was a Chief, and to his heritage.
A Frontlet is a forehead mask attached to a woven headpiece, worn only by Chiefs and high-ranking individuals in order to display status. This particular frontlet carries the Eagle and Sun motif. The Eagle position belonged to the highest-ranking Chief in the village.
The Eagle lives in the sky, or Upper World, and represents status, power, peace and friendship. Eagle is the Chief of the birds, an honor he shares with the Woodpecker. The Sun is a popular Kwakwaka’wakw motif, used quite regularly in their art. The sun can represent life and creative forces as well as warmth and healing.
To further establish his high position, the Chief practiced a traditional act of discarding his wealth in front of other Chiefs. Much of this wealth was in the form of copper. To break the copper or throw it into the ocean, symbolized that he and his clan were modest of their wealth and that the value of friendship weighed more than the value of material wealth.
To assist the Chief with this historical display of modesty, a subordinate was appointed. The assistant is portrayed below the beak of the Eagle, carved in intricate detail, as one can see in the teeth and tongue of the human face. Another beautiful component of this piece are the Chief’s people, delicately cradled in the beak of the Eagle.