Indians of the Northwest Coast
This silk-screen by the Tsimshian artist Roy Vickers, shows a Chinook salmon with eggs before spawning.
Jumping salmon with a human face illustrates the Indian belief that salmon, like all animals, are humans in other forms; detail of a silk-screen by Susan A Point, Coast Salish.
Artist Susan A. Point's work has been strongly influenced by traditionally carved spindle whorls. Here are four salmon jumping around the spindle hole. Silk-screen, 1981.
«Raven» (Raven with the Sun in his beak). Silk-screen by Freda Diesing, Haida.
«Man with his Spirit» Silk-screen by Stan Greene, Coast Salish, in the style of a spinning whorl. In the original, the red color represents the physical and the white color, the spiritual existence of man.
In addition to the sea otter, seals were also hunted for their fur and their meat. Detail of a silk-screen by Susan A. Point, Coast Salish
«Salmon-trout-head ovoid» motif by Tsimshian artist Roy Vickers
«Tsimshian man», motif by Tsimshian artist Roy Vickers
«Tsimshian hand» with an «eye» in the palm; a motif by Roy A. Vickers.
Bird claw with ovoid; motif from Bill Holm's study of Northwest Coast art forms, 1965.
The Tsimshian artist Ken Mowatt is known for his rather modern silk-screens. Here, in his studio in Hazelton, he works on a new silk-screen.
On this silk-screen created in 1985 in the traditional style - if that can even be said about this new art form, which is relatively new to Northwest Coast art - Tony Hunt has drawn three important heraldic animals. At the top is the eagle, his claws on the head of a killer whale. which is resting on a beaver.
«Four Clans United»: wolf, raven, eagle and killer whale. Silk-screen in the style of a painting in a drum. (31 cm)
«Scana with the Woman» (Killer Whale and Woman). Silk-screen from Freda Diesing (1980).
«The Eagle and the Salmon» Silk-screen from Stan Greene in the form of a spindle whorl carving. The faces symbolizes the human essence of the animals.
«Kwa-Gulth Moon» (Kwakiutl Moon). Silk-screen print from Richard Hunt with U and S forms, as well as the color yellow, typical characteristics of the Kwakiutl style. (65 cm, 1978)
«Loon». Silk-screen fom Ken Mowatt (39 cm, 1985)
«Hesquiat Hunter» (A Hesquiat-Nootka hunting a killer whale). Silk-screen from Tim Paul.
«Two-Headed Serpent». Silk-screen from Susan A. Point based on a carved motif found on the handles of combs. (35 cm; March 1983)
«Steelhead». Silk-screen from Roy H. Vickers. (46 cm)