Hummingbird and Bear Bentwood Box

Hummingbird and Bear Bentwood Box

David Neel (Kwakwaka'wakw)
Regular price CAD $300.00

"Prior to contact with Europeans and the introduction of metal tools, Northwest Coast artisans developed an ingenious woodworking technique, which involves grooving, steaming and bending a single plank to form the sides of a box. Three corners of the box are bent and the fourth is pegged, or tied, and a bottom is added...Bear is one of the most prevalent figures in crest and shamanic art...It is considered to be a close relation to humankind, perhaps because of its physical characteristics...As a close relation, the bear is a link between the human and non-human animal realms...Legend has it that [the hummingbird] is a rainbow, or an animate prism, busily turning sunlight into weightless jewels" (Shearar 2000: 20,58). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

Medium: Serigraph print ed./70

Dimensions: 27 ½" x 22"

Location: Satellite Shop at SFU Vancouver Bookstore (Harbour Centre)

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David Neel's crests are Thunderbird and Killer whale. He comes from a family that is rich in history and artistic skill. His father is Dave Neel Sr., his great uncle is acclaimed artist Mungo Martin, his great-great-great grandfather is Charlie James, and his grandmother is renowned artist Ellen Neel. His widely exhibited work includes jewellery, masks, drums, poles, original paintings, limited edition prints, glass etching, regalia, and photos appearing in several magazines. David's formal training in Fine Arts was at the University of Kansas and at Mount Royal College, Alberta. Following a career as a professional photographer in Texas, David returned to Canada in the early 1990s, and  conceived two important projects: one documenting works and images of First Nations elders, and the other promoting the revival of the Northwest Coast great dugout canoe. David's talents are diverse, and he is dedicated to promoting and preserving his Kwakwaka'wakw heritage.