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Yellow Cedar wood
|Dimensions||36 x 60 x 3" (91.44 x 152.4 x 7.62cm)|
|Nation||Haida / Metis Nations|
Haida / Metis Nations
Born on June 29, 1958, in Prince Rupert, BC, Don Yeomans is one of the most respected and renowned Northwest Coast Native artists. Born of a Masset Haida father and a Metis mother from Slave Lake, Alberta, Yeomans has studied and worked in the Haida Style since he was a youth.
As a young man, Yeomans apprenticed under the expert guidance of his aunt, Freda Diesing. He worked with Robert Davidson RCA on the Charles Edenshaw Memorial Longhouse and completed a jewelry apprenticeship with Phil Janze. Yeomans has also studied fine art at Langara College in Vancouver.
He has worked with many acclaimed Northwest coast artists, including Bill Reid, Robert Davidson, Phil Janze and Gerry Marks, studying their styles, techniques and philosophies.
Don Yeomans crafts his artworks in many materials: he creates exquisite jewelry pieces in gold and silver, paints elegant Haida designs on paper, produces outstanding prints and is one of the finest carvers.
His work can be found in the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology, the Royal British Columbia Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the Seattle Art Museum. In 2002 he completed a major totem pole commission for Stanford University.
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Cast from fine lead free Pewter (made in Canada)
Food safe and hand wash
Available in a Matte finish only
Each Utensil: 8 x 2 x 2″
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This beautifully designed serving set features classic totemic designs with Eagle, Frog and Raven Stealing the Sun. The traditional ‘Goat Horn’ styled fork and ladle make an ideal wedding or any occasion gift. Pewter will not tarnish like silver over time. Hand wash only with mild soap.
Elk hide, Sinew, Acrylic paint
The drum is considered one of the main percussive instruments, along with the rattle, which was used in traditional Northwest Coast ceremonies and cultural events. Its beat provides the basis from which dances, songs and oral histories are performed during a Potlatch.
The Thunderbird is a supernatural, mythical creature that lives high in the mountains and feeds on Killerwhale. It’s been aptly named for the thunder that rolls off its wings and lightening comes from its eyes when it flies.
Ivory, Abalone, Sterling silver, engraved
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Spoons and ladles were traditionally made from either cedar wood or the horn of a mountain sheep, and their handles were carved with family crest images. Historically, these exquisitely sculptured objects were primarily created by people in Northern Nations, and were highly sought after by other nations. During potlatches [festive gatherings], cedar ladles decorated with the hosting family’s crests were used to serve food, while the elaborately carved mountain sheep spoons were distributed as gifts among the many guests.
Today, spoon and ladle productions are based on these traditional objects and are meant to be both objects of function and display. In addition to traditional mediums such as cedar wood, goat or mountain sheep horn, many modern-day spoons and ladles are constructed of gold, silver and pewter.
Other works by this artist
Yellow Cedar wood
“This panel [has] two purposes. The first is an idea that the mention of extraterrestrials influencing our past, while a popular notion, is extremely controversial. In many cultures, ‘their’ mere existence is a challenge to a religious narrative of Man’s creation. Naturally, I wondered if, in the case of Haida, did Raven really find humans living in a giant clamshell?
The second purpose of this panel lies in the raw or rough appearance of the wood carving. Some of my favourite carvings from older times are crudely carved. The message and power endowed within these pieces can felt despite their less polished appearance.” – Don Yeomans
Red Cedar wood
“Our backyard is a constant swarm of hummingbirds [that] gathers around the feeder. Two hummingbirds can sometimes share, but three birds on one feeder is war.
In this panel design, there are three sections of wings and feet, while the central area has a pinwheel-like arrangement indicating three mouths and beaks. In the very centre is one eye, which, ironically, they share despite battling over one feeder.” – Don Yeomans