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Ben Houstie was born in Waglisla, British Columbia, Canada located along the southern coast of the province. He is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation, whose artwork differs from the north by its bold and colourful depiction’s of westcoast symbols.
Ben started making Northwest Coast Native artwork at a very young age. He began painting on paper and on canvas, then progressed to carving cedar wood and in the last five years has taken up the art of jewelry making using silver and gold as his medium. He is more well-known for his paintings than his wood pieces or his jewelry, as he has mastered the two dimensional art form.
Ben is one of the few Northwest Coast Native artists who produce small original paintings and miniature wood masks. The style that he has created is all his own, keeping within the traditional form of his culture. Ben is very much interested in helping preserve his cultural background through his artwork for future generations.
The Beaver appears in Northwest mythology and is a family crest in many regions throughout the Northwest Coast. According to legend, the first Beaver was a woman, whose husband frequently went on long hunting and fishing trips. In his absence, his lonely wife took solace swimming, enlarging her pond with a dam and building her own water dwelling. Eventually, she transformed into a Beaver and their children were Beaver People, founding the Beaver lineage.
In mythology, they are often associated with the powerful undersea supernatural beings and the magic Giant Beaver can cause natural disaster with one slap of its wide, strong tail. Characterisically, the Beaver is known to keep to himself and cares little for the activities of the humans, except when they are directly affected. Thus, they often give wise advice so it is important to listen when they do decide to speak.
“This contemporary Coast Salish sun design is an attempt to mediate between the Hul'qumi'num language (the language of the Cowichan Tribes) and English. There have been various anglecized spellings of this Hul'qumi'num toponym (place name), such as “Cowichan,” “Khowutzun,” and the currently accepted “Quwutsun.” This Hul'qumi'num term has been simplified and misinterpreted as meaning “The Warm Land,” when it should be more correctly interpreted as meaning “warmed by the sun,” or “basking in the sun with your back turned to the sun.”
The four eclipsed suns surrounding the central sun symbolize the darkness of ignorance blocking Daylight, a powerful source of truth.”