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Yellow Cedar wood, Cedar rope
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Yellow Cedar wood, Cedar rope
|Dimensions||38 x 38 x 2"|
Joshua was born in Victoria, BC in January 1982. His cultural origin is Cree/Metis from the Canadian Prairies but he has lived on Vancouver Island for more than half his life. Joshua graduated from Victoria High School where he was first introduced to Native art through a program offered at the school.
From grades 9 through 12 Joshua was taught by Victor Newman, a Kwakwaka'wakw artist from Fort Rupert, BC. During this time Joshua also worked with his uncle, Greg Prescott, who is a Northwest Coast style wood carver. Joshua was awarded the graduation prize and highest honors as the outstanding native art student for the who district in the year 2000. Newman also introduced Joshua to John Livingston with the hope Joshua would apprentice with him. He worked under the tutelage and as an assistant to John Livingston from 1999 to 2006. During this time Joshua worked for or with such artists as Calvin Hunt, Eugene Hunt, Peter Grant, Art Thompson and Rande Cook.
Joshua excels in detailed carving and painting and he prides himself on clean craftsmanship. He produces masks, drums, canoe paddles, bentwood boxes and wall panels in Red Cedar, Yellow Cedar, Yew, Alder and Maple.
Joshua is currently living in Port Alberni, BC along with his wife and child. Joshua's wife Eva, has started a non-profit organization called the Nuu Chah Nulth Cultural Society. The goal of the non-profit society is to keep the Nuu Chah Nulth language alive and they are learning the central dialect from Eva's grandmother, Katie Fraser of the Tia-O-Qui-Aht First Nation. Katie has her Masters in education and an undergraduate degree in linguistics. Joshua feels it is very important to teach the youth about their culture and that language, land, art, culture and people are all one.
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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.
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The drum is considered one of the main percussive instruments, along with the rattle, which was used in traditional Northwest Coast ceremonies and cultural events. Its beat provides the basis from which dances, songs and oral histories are performed during a Potlatch.
The Thunderbird is a supernatural, mythical creature that lives high in the mountains and feeds on Killerwhale. It’s been aptly named for the thunder that rolls off its wings and lightening comes from its eyes when it flies.
Price upon request
Includes Skil Hat Stand; Yew wood, Brass
Edition 1 of 3
5.25″ x 2.75″ x 2.75″ (including stand)