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Alder wood, Cedar bark, Acrylic paint
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Alder wood, Cedar bark, Acrylic paint
|Dimensions||25 x 10 x 3"|
Nuxalk artist Sesyaz Saunders was born in 1998 and those close to him say it was as if the young artist was born with a carving knife in his hand.
Sesyaz’s father, Skip Saunders, is a respected and accomplished Nuxalk carver. His grandfather Arthur “Silyas” Saunders, was also a distinguished carver; a former Native Artist Fellowship Award recipient an honour bestowed by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Sesyaz’s great grandfather, Joe Saunders, was a legendary boat and canoe builder. One might say carving is in Saunders’ blood.
While his father and grandfather were self-taught, Sesyaz had the privilege of being instructed by his father. A natural teacher, Skip Saunders taught Sesyaz the fundamental skills of carving and the elemental knowledge of Nuxalk and Northwest Coast formline art. This combination of knowledge and passion, as well as an astounding natural talent, has allowed the young artist to excel in his craft at an early age and create works of art well beyond his years.
By the time Sesyaz was 12 he was already selling his work directly to local customers. By 14 his work was showing in local Bella Coola galleries. In the short years since, his work has been purchased by customers from far and wide. His carvings have traveled to Germany, England, Spain, Scandinavia, Chile, Russia and the United States. He has also received a number of commissions from collectors eager to invest in his abilities.
After his passing in 2015, Sesyaz’s grandfather Silyas left an extensive collection of carving knives to his gifted grandson. With these tools Sesyaz plans on completing and raising a sixteen foot totem pole his grandfather left unfinished when he passed.
In 2016 Sesyaz received the prestigious YVR (Vancouver International Airport) Art Foundation Youth Artist Scholarship Award. Of the seven award winners, Sesyaz was the youngest by four years. Currently Sesyaz is working on a carving which when finished will join the world-renowned collection of Northwest Coast art at the Vancouver International Airport. Sesyaz continues to develop his talent and create works of art that are distinctively Nuxalk and uniquely his own.
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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.