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Alder wood, Abalone shell, Mastodon ivory, Cedar bark
29 x 18 x 8″ (including bark)
Ron Joseph Telek
Ron Telek is a talented carver and storyteller whose subject matter mainly revolves around spirituality that deals with shamanism, transformation and the on going struggles between good and evil.
In 1983, while attending high school in Vancouver, Ron began carving under the guidance of his uncle, Norman Tait. He began familiarizing himself with the traditional form and progressed to perfecting his technique. Telek assisted Norman Tait on a number of important totem pole commissions. Since then, Telek has explored a style of his own, informed by, but not necessarily conforming to, the traditional northwest coast tribal style. The emergence of this individual style came about from a life and death experience by Telek. Consequently he attended the Art Program at Langara College in Vancouver for two years where he studied African, Japanese and Italian sculpting techniques, as well as the human form. This is apparent in his unique style of work incorporating carving and sculpting.
His work is distinguished by dimensionality, precise carving, sinuous lines and fluid shapes. Telek has great respect for the natural beauty of wood, and often leaves his pieces completely unpainted using the wood grain to add to the illusion of motion and transformation within the mask.
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.