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Yellow Cedar wood
|24 x 24 x 1.5" (60.96 x 60.96 x 3.81cm)
|Coast Salish (Squamish) Nation
Coast Salish (Squamish) Nation
Jim Charlie was born September 10th, 1967 on the Capilano Reserve in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is a member of the Squamish Nation of the Coast Salish peoples. Squamish territory encompasses much of Greater Vancouver inluding North and West Vancouver, Howe Sound and lands and rivers all the way up to Whistler, BC.
Jim comes from a long line of artists; therefore, it was only natural that he began to carve at a young age.
Jim is the grandson of Dominique Charlie, who passed on some years ago. He was a highly-regarded carver during his time. He educated Jim on the many stories and legends common to the Salish people and inspired him throughout his years of carving.
Jim studied under Phil Janze, a well established Gitksan artist, in order to become more proficient in achieving greater depth and a different perspective of style.
Jim has been influenced by many well known artists and strives to achieve the utmost quality in his work. He is a versatile artist who enjoys depicting a variety of legends. His style is refined, uncomplicated, and dimensional with a northern influence.
Jim is one of many Northwest Coast Native artists who are working to uphold their cultural traditions through their artwork and craft.
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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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