pastel on sandpaper:
17" x 20"
limited edition lithograph
original: collection of Sooke River Hotel
About "Westcoast Splendor"
"Westcoast Splendor" depicts the spectacular
creation of heredity status and power among native families of our northwest
coast. Coined "The Sister of the Totems" the ceremonial robe of
"Button Blanket" is made of dark blue or black wool, accented
with red flannel appliqués and pearl white buttons to form distinct
designs or crests that identify individuals and their families. The blankets
were only worn on special occasions. Between these events they were stored
in carefully prepared wooden (cedar) boxes. With the exception of the Coastal
Salish, who had their own particular woven version of a ceremonial robe,
most Northwest Coast People depended on the same basic materials for creating
their robes. Often considered "sculpting on cloth" the button
blanket is a symbol maintaining order and respect in a culture that is
timely intriguing in past, present and future.