Canadian Native Indian Art, a private collection now for sale, Phuket Thailand
collection circa 1970 - c. 1997
Enjoy this historical private collection of Canadian Native Indian art. This collection has been stored in Phuket since the early 1980's. The collector was known to each of the artists, recipients, or subjects depicted and has related much of the history behind each piece to add richness and understanding.
Each piece of art in this collection is framed and under glass. To reduce the amount of reflection and parallax some of the pictures we use may not include the frame. Dimensions listed are of the art including the frame.
All of the artists are from B.C. (British Columbia), Canada
Eight Piece Private Collection For Sale @ 240,000 THB or Best Offer
Alert Bay, B.C., Canada
frame size: 44 cm x 37 cm
The Traditional dance originated in the 1800's by the Lakota people. The Lakota are indigenous people of the great plains of North America made up of seven different Sioux tribes. North American natives gather at pow-wow's for a celebration of heritage and tradition, song and dance, and storytelling. In the late 1800's only a few dignified warriors were entitled to wear the articles of the Traditional Dancer, the roach (headdress) and the bustle. The largest pow-wow of the year takes place in Albuquerque New Mexico at the end of April each year. It is known as "The Gathering of Nations".
Today's pow-wow is a competition of dance for serious prize money. It's considered an insult to a native dancer to call what he wears a costume. It's called Regalia. Today's regalia is made up using super glue, colored tape, and bright outfits whereas traditional regalia once consisted of a roach made of porcupine quills and a neck choker and breastplate made from deer bones. A traditional bustle, which is worn on the lower back, is made up of beadwork and eagle feathers. All dancers wear moccasins (footwear) made of hide from different kinds of animals.
Traditional Dancers also wear beaded arm bands and cuffs with fringe hanging off. They will dance with a flat fan or large wing fan and carry a dance staff with feathers attached. The dance steps depict the telling of a war story or hunting expedition. Other dances mimic wildlife. Among dancers it's considered an honor to wear an eagle feather. The eagle soars the highest. If an eagle feather is dropped during the dance the pow-wow is stopped and a ceremony is performed to pick it up. An elder is asked to pick it up and he will keep it.
This painting depicts two "Traditionals". I hope this enlightens you some. I attended the Gathering of Nations in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Tse-Shaht First Nation, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation
Port Alberni, B.C., Canada
frame size: 66 cm x 51 cm
The artist is a very famous Tse-Shaht artist and this piece was originally done in the sixties as the emblem (logo) for the Tse-Shaht First Nation. George was born in 1905 as a member of the Tse-Shaht Nation (the fishing people) became regarded as among the greatest whale hunters on the entire coast. Whales were essential to their culture and spirituality. These people relied on their surroundings for sustenance, especially salmon, various land animals, edible plants, waterfowl and seafoods.
The Tse-Shaht Nation are members of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation which resides up and down the Alberni Inlet and Alberni Valley in west central Vancouver Island. Their origin is known today as Benson Island, one of the Broken Group Islands in Barkley sound.
George was a man of many talents. Not just a famous artist he also performed traditional dances, lectured on native culture and legends, acted, wrote books, and was commissioned to paint an enormous mural for Expo 67. He acted in the movie "Dreamspeaker" and wrote the book Potlatch in 1969. George died in 1988 at the age of 83 and was recognized throughout North America as an important person in the revival of interest in the North West Coast culture and traditions.
Mother Faces Nature
Coastal Tsimshian Nation, Lax Kw'alaams tribe (band)
Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada
frame size: 56 cm x 63 cm
The Coastal Tsimshian Nation is located on the northwest coast of B.C. and is comprised of nine different tribes. Traditionally they lived on the mainland, islands around the Skeena and Nass rivers, and Milbanke sound. They speak any of three Tsimshian dialects: Niska spoken along the Nass river; coastal Tsimshian spoken along the lower Skeena and coast; and Kitksan (or Gitksan) spoken along the upper Skeena river. Like most coastal First Nations tribes the Tsimshian economy was based on fishing. They spent the summer months trapping migrating sockeye salmon and eulachon, known as candlefish, a species of smelt. The eulachon was highly regarded for its rich oil.
The large permanent winter homes were made of wood and often decoratively carved and painted, symbolizing the wealth of the Tsimshian families.
Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation, Mowachaht tribe (band)
Nootka Island, B.C., Canada
frame size: 60 cm x 60 cm
Patrick Amos was born in 1957 on Nootka island, on the westcoast of Vancouver island into the Mowachaht band, one of fourteen bands that make up the Nuu-Chah-Nulth nation. The "Hummingbird" was painted as a wedding invitation in honor of Robina Josephson and Paul Thomas who are close friend's with the artist. Their son Dylan Thomas is also a talented native artist. The hummingbird is used because they mate for life. In the center of this piece can be seen a heart with a man and women kissing.
Ying & Yang
Ellen Graham (nee-Prest) & Bev Campbell (nee-Prest)
West Coast Salish tribe
Nanaimo, B.C., Canada
frame size: 54 cm x 54 cm
The two artists are sisters and aunts to the collector. This painting depicts their love.
Yaqii Mit'sa Hapma
Nootka Island, B.C., Canada
frame size: 91 cm x 61 cm
"Creation of Life" was done in honor of the collector's uncle, now deceased, who had built a log schoolhouse for the Port Alberni tribe.
This art piece is located at the main entrance to the school named "Ha-Ho-Payuk" which means house of learning in their native tongue. In the background the print represents Mount Aerosmith and the Somass river. At the bottom left are the children growing up and above them the elders teaching. At the left of them are the different species of salmon, while on the other side of the river people are learning how to dance. The building beside them represents the schoolhouse. In the middle of the print you have the sockeye salmon spawning run and a sea serpent. The collector's Uncle Joe was nick named the "water man" while this schoolhouse was being built, as he also oversaw all the plumbing needs in the construction of the school.
This collector has recently become Facebook friends with Patrick Amos .
Merritt, B.C., Canada
frame size: 66 cm x 50 cm
The background depicts our outer selves, the beautiful part everyone knows and sees. But our inner selves, represented by the picture within the bulrushes is that part of ourselves we share with close friends and loved ones. The dark spots are parts we don't care to reveal except to a chosen few. The bright lines in the bulrushes represents how we quickly cover up to make ourselves seem better should someone accidentally discover these dark spots. The loons inside the bulrushes stand for couples committed to each other for life. The bulrushes represent the strong people in our lives who stand by us. The creator made each one of us individually beautiful. The outstretched wings represent great love.
Ron Hamilton (Ki-Ke-In)
Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation, Ahaswinis tribe (band)
Port Alberni, B.C., Canada
frame size: 65 cm x 51 cm
Nuu-Chah-Nulth is used to describe fourteen different nations, one of which was the Hupacasath, which has about 300 members from five different tribes, or bands (reserves). The three distinct tribes are the Muh-uulth-Aht, the Kle-Koot-Aht and the Cuu-ma-as-Aht (Ahaswinis), which the artist belongs to.
The three main tribes decided to amalgamate prior to the arrival of the Europeans. This decision was made because these three tribes were at war with the Coast Salish people, where this collector hails from. Their thinking was that their joining together would make them stronger against the Salish. Thgis is when they decided to be called the Hupacasath.
In the early 1800's ninety percent of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth were wiped out by malaria, small pox, and cultural turmoil following contact with westerners. This decimated some tribes including the Hupacasth. Today the population of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth nation is 8,200 people. This nations territory is located on the west side of Vancouver island, while this collector hails from the east side of the island.
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