I was just learned that my Nuclear Disaster Mask is in an exhibition at the El Paso Art Museum, in Texas. Interesting, as had my first public exhibition in Texas in 1985.
In the ancient stories Mink is a trickster, and one day he went in search of a wife. He asked Loon to let him ride on his back. Loon dove under water and passed under a mythical mountain, and when they emerged they were in the sky world.
Siwidi was publicly shamed by his father, the chief of the village. Feeling dejected, he went into the forest and bathed in 4 lakes. The last one flooded & covered the land. An octopus took him to the undersea world of Lord Komokwa & he received supernatural treasures.
Octopus pendant, silver & gold.
Once, there was no sun Raven knew that an old man & his daughter had it. He transformed into a leaf which the daughter ate & had a child. The old man let the child play with the sun & Raven flew away but the sun escaped, so we have the sun today
A chief’s daughter was abducted by the bears. She married the son of the chief & they had 4 children. Her brothers found the bear village and came for her. Her husband offered his life if his children would be spared - Bear Mother gold ring
This portrait style frontlet of a chief’s late daughter from the 1800’s was a big influence on my work. The mask is my portrait of my ancestor, Chief Mungo Martin. I have carved masks like this of a number of my ancestors, although portrait masks are almost a lost tradition in Northwest coast Native art.
In ancient times, a Frog took Sewid down to the undersea world of Lord Komokwa. Sewid received supernatural gifts & witnessed the songs & dances of Komokwa. When he was returned to the upper world, he found that he had not been gone one day, but 4 years.
Supernatural Frog Bracelet, silver & abalone shell.
After 20 years of making art, I want to improve my flat design so I started sketching 1 hour every day, for 3 years. Then, to test myself, I made the “Final Exam” silver & 24K gold box, which was based on a piece, of the same name, by the legendary artist Bill Reid. Two years ago, my box was displayed at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, alongside the box of the master.
Woodpecker’s wife was able to produce salmon berries at will, so the Myth People always had lots of berries. Thunderbird saw this and abducted her. Woodpecker and his people transformed themselves into salmon and allowed themselves to be caught by Thunderbird’s people. Then, Woodpecker was able to take his wife and return to their village.
Thunderbird pendant, gold & sapphire.