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Glass, etched and sandblasted
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Glass, etched and sandblasted
|Dimensions||8.75 x 5 x 4"|
Clarence Mills is a member of the Haida nation, a group that inhabits the northern coast of British Columbia. Born into the Wilson family at Skidegate, Queen Charlotte Islands in 1958, he is a member of the Eagle Clan and takes the Split Raven and Grizzly Bear as his crests. His grandfather, Jimmy Wilson, was hereditary Chief Skedans. His great-grandfather, carver Henry Young, gave him his Haida name – Gahghinskuss, meaning ‘out of your own land’. With guidance from his uncle, Doug Wilson, Clarence began studying traditional Haida art at the age of eighteen. He has since produced carvings in ivory, Argillite and wood, including monumental-size totem poles for international events, as well as engraved jewelry and limited-edition serigraph prints.
Over the past 20 years, Clarence has established himself both abroad, in the United States and Europe, as well as in Canada. Most recently, Clarence carved a full size pole for the Louvre in France, where he met the French Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac, at the pole’s raising.
Clarence incorporates the traditional designs of his people with a contemporary feel. He is well known for his simplistic and distinctive style that reflects traditional Haida images.
Clarence’s work is sought-after by many collectors of high quality artwork, both on local and international levels.
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Every household and every clan possessed its own history and traditions in the form of myths and legends. Often describing how an individual had met a supernatural being, in animal form, who had given ownership of certain privileges. These privileges are a highly important part of First Nations life and are retained by particular family groups through their laws of inheritance. Privileges gave an individual status in the community and were more highly valued than any material possession.
Salmon are honoured and celebrated by all coastal peoples: the fish serves as a powerful symbol of regeneration, self-sacrifice, and perseverance.
Shortages of salmon are traditionally attributed to human disrespect and refusal to listen to and live by the wisdom of elders. The Pacific Northwest Coast peoples believed that salmon were actually people with eternal life who lived in a large house far under the ocean. In spring, they put on their salmon disguises and offered themselves to humans as food.
The Nations believed that when entire fish skeletons were returned to the sea, the spirits would rise again and change into salmon people. In this way, the cycle could begin again the following year.
Chaz’s beautifully etched glass Salmon Panel pays tribute to First Nation culture, oral history and traditions. These are testament to an ideology in which we are all interconnected and part of the greater whole – each related to and affecting one another.