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Red Cedar wood, Operculum shell, Horse hair, Acrylic paint
27 x 24 x 9″ (including hair)
17 x 14.75 x 9"
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. He has been making Northwest Coast Native art for over sixteen years.
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.
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.