Celestial PanelWilliam Cook (Kwakwaka'wakw)
“The sky world is home of the Sun, Moon and stars…Sun is a common crest amongst the Kwakwaka’wakw, where it figures in some lineages as an ancestor. One Myth speaks of an illustrious sky-dwelling ancestor who each morning dons a glorious cloak of abalone shell” …Moon controls the tide and illuminates the dark night. Moon is associated with transformation...[and] it is a popular image frequently depicted in the art, Moon appears in the [oral histories] of all Northwest Coast nations, though Moon's origin varies from story to story...Moon is characterized as a rounded face with relatively flat features, often those of a human...Moon does not have rays, but there is usually a rim or circlet around the circumference." (Shearar 2000:71-72; 98). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols
Dimensions: 18"x 1 3/4"
Location: Satellite Shop at SFU Vancouver Bookstore (Harbour Centre)