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|Dimensions||3 x 3.75 x 2"|
|Artist||Greg White Lightbown|
Greg White Lightbown was born in 1953. He is a member of the Haida Nation, a group of First Peoples whose traditional territory comprises the northern coast of British Columbia on the Islands of Haida Gwaii and the southern coast of Alaska. Greg belongs to the Raven Clan, one of the two central family crests of the Haida. Greg comes from a strong line of artists, which includes his Great Grandfather the legendary Charles Edenshaw.
Carving in argillite for over 40 years, Greg's valuable and extensive knowledge of argillite carving has been an inspiration to many younger carvers. One such artist is Greg's own son, Gryn White. Gryn is an accomplished argillite carver and credits his father as his “strongest inspiration.”
Greg White Lightbown takes pride in creating traditional pieces with themese that strongly connect to his Haida heritage, while continuing to produce some of the most expertly created argillite pieces today.
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The carving of flutes of the Northwest Coast extends back historically through time. The dramatic importance of the flute was indicated by the variety of specialized whistles, each of which was produced to make specific tones. Songs and dances were part fo all ceremony and ritual, a fundamental element of the inherited privilege. Equally important were the many whistles and other musical instruments that were specifically designated for most dances. Wooden whistles of one, two or three shafts, each with several holes and reeds produced a strong and clear note. Flutes and whistles were traditionally blown in the woods to introduce the cermonial season. Every instrument was the object of time, skill and concern and was considered by those who owned it as a necessary part of the family’s collection
Bronze Cast, Marble base
Edition of 12
9.5 x 8 x 5″
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.