Archive for April 2018 | Monthly archive page
I just wanted to express how grateful I am for the knowledge and weaving instruction Todd Giihlgiigaa DeVries provided myself, my wife and some of our friends as well as the many others at his public drop in weaving classes held in Vancouver on Tuesday nights.
For me it has truly been a way for me to connect with my ancestors. I feel my Great Grandmother the master Secwepemc weaver Christine Hardie herself smiling down on me when I am working with the sacred cedar tree bark.
It is a connection to the creator and the earth. It is very grounding and therapeutic. It is truly the tree of life, and learning this first hand has made my presentations so much more authentic and engaging. It is amazing to teach of this wonderful Superstore of a tree and our ancestors ways of creating so many items and products from her.
Haw’aa my friend, I am forever grateful for this amazing gift you shared with me that I now share with students and teachers on the BC Artifacts Mobile Museum Tours.
BC ARTIFACTS MOBILE MUSEUM 2018
Four Direction Eagle Design Logo
The Mobile Museum logo and brand is changing… I would like to respectfully thank Ernie Adams Nlakapamux Artist of the Lytton First Nation for the original Salish Eagle logo design used since 2014.
This is the new 2018 brand/logo and was created by Joe Wilson of the kwakwaka’wakw Nation specifically for the BC Artifacts Mobile Museum.
This eagle design used expresses the unity and common elements shared by the First Nations of the BC North(left), The BC West(bottom) and Kwakwaka’wakw(right) and the Salish(Top).
It also depicts the 4 directions and the central connection we share. Each of the eagles were created in traditional form and are culturally correct to each region, respectfully representing the 4 different indigenous art styles.
The Mobile Museum continues to respectfully share many coastal and interior BC First Nations art, tool technologies, culture and territory information from these areas as well as BC pioneer, gold rush and fur trade history in the presentations. This is why this is such a wonderful design and logo for the BCAMM.
I sincerely thank Joe R Wilson Namgis Artist of the kwakwaka’wakw Nation for his idea, concept and the creation of this image as well as the time he volunteered creating it.
The Mobile Museum is excited to add two of these three Lower Columbia River Chinook/Salish First Nation style replica knives created by Steve Alley 2018 to the mobile Museum educational displays and tours.
The middle one with the maple handle is probably the most accurate example with classic Tsagiglalal, “She Who Watches” motif carving still looks out across the Columbia River from the basalt cliff where she was painted by Chinookan People somewhere between the years 1700 and 1840. The other two knives have yew wood handles and traditional agate blades.
Chinookan peoples include several groups of indigenous First Nations people of the Pacific Northwest in the United States who speak the Chinookan languages. In the early 19th century, the Chinookan-speaking peoples resided along the Lower and Middle Columbia River from the river’s gorge downstream to the river’s mouth, and along adjacent portions of the coasts, from Tillamook Bay of present-day Oregon in the south, north to Willapa Bay in southwest Washington. In 1805 the Lewis and Clark Expedition encountered the Chinook tribe on the lower Columbia. The name ″Chinook″ came from a Chehalis word Tsinúk for the inhabitants of and a particular village site on Baker Bay.