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Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
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Red Cedar wood, Acrylic paint
|Dimensions||23 x 20 x 6" (58.42 x 50.8 x 15.24cm)|
|Artist||Tim Paul RCA|
Tim Paul was born in 1950 in the isolated village of Esperanza Inlet, north of Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. He began carving in 1975 under the direction of Ben Andrews and later with John Livingston at the Arts of the Raven studio in Victoria, BC. He accepted the position of Assistant Carver to Richard Hunt at the Thunderbird Park at the Royal British Columbia Museum in 1977 and seven years later he became the first carver from outside of the Hunt family to hold the position of senior carver. He held this position until 1992 when he left to oversee a native education program for Vancouver Island.
During his time with the museum he accepted and initiated many prestigious totem pole commissions including the Great Hall of the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Hull, Quebec and in Auckland, New Zealand as a presentation to commemorate the 1990 Commonwealth Games. In addition to these successes, Tim Paul also worked as the Chief Carver on projects for Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England.
Tim has been asked to make ceremonial pieces and cultural commissions through out his career. He has also honoured traditional guidelines for making pieces that would represent the Nuu-chah-nulth people around the world.
2010 British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art
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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.