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Red Cedar wood, Operculum shell, Horse Hair, Acrylic paint
12 x 9 x 6"
Haida artist, Reg Davidson was born in 1954 in Massett, Haida Gwaii – Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia. Reg began carving in 1972, and today is an internationally acclaimed artist working in large cedar and alder sculptures, serigraphs and exquisite gold and silver jewelry. Reg is also an accomplished dancer and singer with the Rainbow Creek Dancers, a Haida Dance group formed in 1980 by Reg and his brother Robert Davidson.
2008 British Columbia Creative Achievement Award for First Nations' Art
Nuu Chah Nulth carver Tom Paul has carved his Winter Moon mask from red cedar wood and finished the piece with light washes of green accented with stamped arrangements of white snowflakes and evergreens. Slightly abstract, this work reflects the ongoing theme of the Nuu Chah Nulth’s thirteen moons, while experimenting with new ways of designing and configuring forms. The moon told of the arrival of food sources such as the salmon’s return and the quantities of certain crops. Culturally, each moon was characterized by images that represented that particular time of year – such are the swirling wind motifs and somber colors in this mask. The small figure on the right-hand side of the central moon face depicts the wind that brings the great flood waters. Each winter these waters wash the earth and prepare for a new beginning.