Eagle Bentwood BoxRichard Sumner (Kwakwaka'wakw)
“Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and [oral history]. It is respected for its intelligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagle feathers and down are sacred: traditionally, shamans believed in their healing powers and used them in a variety of ceremonial and ritual contexts, such as honouring a respected guest...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…"(Shearar 2000: 23, 43-44). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols
Medium: Steam-bent hand-carved red cedar & acrylic
Dimensions: 20" x 13" x 13"
Location: Satellite Shop at SFU Vancouver Bookstore (Harbour Centre)