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Red Cedar wood, Cedar bark, Acrylic paint
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Red Cedar wood, Horse hair, Acrylic paint
|Dimensions||27 x 12 x 4"|
|Nation||Kwakwakawakw (\'Namgis First Nation)|
Wayne Alfred was born in 1958 into the Kwakwaka’wakw 'Namgis First Nation who inhabit the northeastern coast of Vancouver Island. Wayne’s very refined and detailed work contains influences from such historic artists as Arthur Shaughnessy, Mungo Martin and Willy Seaweed, combined with his own sense of Kwakwaka’wakw tradition.
Wayne Alfred began carving at a very young age and received a great deal of support and encouragement from his elders to pursue his artwork on a full-time basis, thus helping him becomes the master he is today. Furthermore, he is known as both a singer and a Head Hamatsa dancer [leads the initiation process] thus he carries a high status within his community. His knowledge and familiarity with traditional practices and stories set him apart as a community leader and an establishes him as an influential figure to emerging artists.
In 1998 Wayne helped rebuild the ‘Big House’ in Alert Bay, the central congregational community structure before a fire consumed the original building in 1997. In the mid 1980’s Beau Dick and Wayne Alfred completed a thirty-foot totem pole that is still standing in Stanley Park.
Wayne’s work is avidly sought-after by many international collectors. His background and his artwork have been documented in many books focusing on the combination of traditional and contemporary themes in Northwest Coast First Nation’s culture.
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Volcano Woman is perhaps one of the oldest and most revered legends which tells of a mortal”s fate if he/she does not treat sacred objects or creatures with respect. In defense of her beloved wild creatures, she controls the powerful volcanoes. Stories tell of how the killing of a frog leads the Volcano woman to destroy an entire village.
Volcano Woman is a supernatural, powerful person in First Nations mythology. She had a son who, like his mother, had supernatural abilities. He often liked to change from his Human form to that of a Frog (Wukus).
Years ago, a Prince and his two friends went fishing. Hungry, they lay their food on leaves. The Wukus (Frog), being mischievous, jumped on their food. Twice the young Prince threw the Frog into the shrubs but on the third time they threw the frog into the fire and killed the innocent creature.
A few nights later, a woman could be heard crying and wailing. “Who has done this, come forward and I will spare your village.” This warning went unheeded for some time until finally a Woman of the Elders went to the village outskirts to see her. Volcano Woman instructed the Woman of the Elders to send forth the three young men and she would spare the village from volcanic destruction. The Woman of the Elders begging for the sake of the Village told of Volcano Woman”s ultimatum – but this warning went unheeded.
On the final night of the village’s existence, Volcano Woman was heard saying, “I asked for those responsible to take heed and now you will know my vengeance.” The Village shook, a Volcano erupted, destroying the village and all who lived there.