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Sterling silver, Turquoise, Engraved, Oxidized
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Sterling silver, Turquoise, Engraved, Oxidized
|Dimensions||2.25 x 1.5 "|
Barry Wilson was born in 1952 in Kemano, British Columbia, Canada, located along the Central coast of the province and he is a member of the Haisla nation. Barry takes the Killerwhale, revered for its great strength and skill as a hunter, as his family crest symbol. Well versed in his cultural background, Barry enjoys depicting images significant to his heritage.
He began carving at the young age of five under the tutelage of his grandfather, Gordon Robertson, a Chief and master carver as well as Henry Robertson, his uncle. As an expert silver and goldsmith, he is best known for his shell and stone inlay work. Barry is Derek Wilson’s younger brother, also well known for his jewelry pieces. Barry is considered one of the most experienced jewelry carvers of today and continues to push the boundaries of the art form. He utilizes a wide variety of media, such as ivory, bone, mountain goat horn, gold, silver, precious and semi-precious stone. His carving, traditional in style, reflects depth and intricate detail in every piece he creates. Barry’s exquisite silver and gold jewelry pieces have garnered local and international attention. His pieces are very distinctive, therefore sought after by many collectors of Northwest Coast jewelry.
In his spare time, Barry enjoys working on large-scale wood carving projects both locally and abroad which aim to preserve the Haisla culture for future generations. In 2001 he traveled with his uncle, Henry Robertson and brother, Derek Wilson to Sweden to assist in the completion and raising of a replica of the G’psgolox totem pole. This grand pole, made of cedar wood for a Haisla art installation, was part of a repatriation agreement between Sweden and Canada. This important mission aimed to increase awareness of Haisla culture to the Swedish population. Barry was also featured in the National Film Board’s documentary, ‘Totem: The Return of the G’psgolox Pole’.
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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.