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Red Cedar wood, Cedar bark, Horse hair, Feather, Acrylic paint
33 x 18 x 7"
Nuu-chah-nulth / Sioux / Dakota Nations
Douglas David was born in 1971 into the Nuu-chah-nulth nation, on his father’s side and the Sioux Dakota nation on his mother’s side. Both his parents are artists, and from birth Douglas has been exposed to the traditional art of these cultures. At the age of eight Douglas realized his visions could be transferred from thought to hand and has been carving ever since. Douglas acknowledges his father Joe David, a renowned master carver along with Douglas’s mother and ancestral spirits as his teachers and mentors.
Douglas’s specific crests belonging to the Nuu Chah Nulth nation are the Wolf, Killerwhale, and Thunderbird. These crest images are prevalent in his works on wood and raw hide. Douglas currently resides in Port Alberni with his wife, Angela and their seven children.
Douglas is an experienced carver and his works are in various collections worldwide. He is considered part of the next generation of master artists of the Northwest Coast.
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.