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Three-Corner-Grass, Cedar Bark, Hand Woven
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Three-Corner-Grass, Cedar Bark, Hand Woven
|Dimensions||3 x 2.25 x 2.25"|
Dorothy Shephard was born October 5th, 1946 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She was born into the Nuu-cha-nulth Nation who inhabit the southern region of Vancouver Island and was previously known as Dorothy Jeffery until 2004. Dorothy takes the Killerwhale, known as a powerful and skilled underwater hunter, as her family crest symbol.
Dorothy is one of the few women from her generation to keep the art of basket weaving alive. The tradition was passed down to her from her mother, Effie Tate. Dorothy weaves three corner grass, white grass, sword grass and places cedar bark at their edges, all which are carefully hand picked from the coastline of Vancouver Island.
She began making miniature baskets at the young age of ten and has been weaving for over forty years. Each basket portrays the traditional designs of the Nuu-cha-nulth nation such as birds, whales and canoe hunting. Dorothy carefully weaves her fine baskets to reveal intricacy and the utmost quality of workmanship. Dorothy Shephard is a well established and highly respected Nuu-cha-nulth basket weaver and her work is found in various collections.
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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.