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Sterling silver, Engraved
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Sterling silver, Engraved
|Dimensions||2 x 0.75 "|
(1966 – 2018)
In 1966 Marven Tallio was born in Bella Bella, which is a small township located on the central coast of British Columbia. He was a member of the Nuxalk Nation, formerly known as the Bella Coola. The Killerwhale, Grizzly Bear and the Eagle were his predominant family crest symbols.
Marven Tallio came from a line of artists; his father, Glen Tallio, is an accomplished artisan and has been documented in various art publications. He had passed on his age-old tradition to his son. In 1973, as a youngster, Marven began carving small plaques and by 1985, while attending the Vancouver Education Centre, he seized the opportunity to study jewelry design under renowned Haisla Master Carver, Derek Wilson.
Marven was well-versed in various design mediums, including original painting, printmaking, silver/ gold design and woodcarving. Marven enhanced his knowledge of design by exploring various medium alternatives at the Emily Carr Institute of Art in Vancouver.
Tallio continued to grow as an artist and his artwork evolved with the expansion of his knowledge and skills. As the Nuxalk people are a smaller Nation, Tallio saw it as imperative for himself to preserve their distinctive style for future generations. Marven Tallio was one of the many artists dedicated to preserving his culture and heritage via his artwork. His work can be found throughout many local and international collections.
Marven Tallio passed away in September 2018.
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Sterling silver, Engraved
The Supernatural Log is more commonly referred to as Snag or Ts’Amos (Alternate spellings: Ttaamuus, Tsamaos). He is the personification of the seafaring Haidas’ obstacles while on the ocean in canoes; driftwood or deadheads. The Snag is an amorphous supernatural creature both in artwork and in legend and first appeared as a crest figure of families along the Skeena River. It is believed to have first appeared on jewelry designs by the famed Charles Edenshaw, whose father took the Snag as a crest.
A Snag can vary in appearance, much like the driftwood it imitates, but it almost always has a snag (deadhead) for a dorsal fin. It can be as simple as a dead log with a tail that can swim against the current. It can be a huge sea lion with dorsal fins and blowholes, or an enormous grizzly bear with a downturned mouth like a dogfish. It can be a hybrid of bear and Killerwhale, or raven and Killerwhale, with multiple bodies. It can be a large frog covered in seaweed with a snag sticking out of its back, and can even be a canoe or a schooner. Most visible at the change of tides, the Snag, if angered can breach and land on canoes, smashing them to bits. He also can make huge waves to capsize boats. The Snag was frequently featured as a protective figure on Bentwood Boxes that contained treasured artifacts, and is frequently depicted with Raven, its counterpart.
The Snag is a very important feature in the Haida legend of How the World Was Formed. Before there was the world as we know it, Raven was flying and flying and flying, and finally came to rest on a single rock, which was the tip of Haida Gwaii and the beginning of the world. This rock, was supported beneath (from the undersea world) by a stone house pole, which was in fact the fin of the Snag. It is therefore common to see the Raven and Snag in conjunction in Haida art. The Snag figure can be seen as an acceptance of responsibility for supporting the world, similar to the Atlas figure in Greek mythology.
It is believed the legends around the Snag was a warning for those who travelled by canoe to be more wary of their surroundings, especially at the change of the tides, and keep them alert on the water. When the tides change, deadheads and hidden logs or obstacles can suddenly appear and be a danger. As the Haida relied on trade with Mainland Nations to survive, it was pertinent for them to be adept at sea, paddling the vast distances to and from the islands to the coast.