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Project by Phil32 posted 10-09-2018 03:19 PM 286 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Haida style mask was started as part of a carving class in Campbell River, BC. It was roughed out using an elbow adze made from a car leaf spring by the First Nations instructor. It was finished at home using traditional European tools. The main feature is a raven. The three human figures at the top, in conical hats, represent tribal leaders. Western red cedar – 6” x 6” x 12”

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA





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#1 posted 10-09-2018 06:04 PM

Very nice work Phil. A refreshingly different type of carving and I love the colors too. Would like to see more of this type of thing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 10-09-2018 10:04 PM

The First Nations (aboriginal) people used these objects to tell their stories since they had no written language. Some are opposed to the use of their symbols and design techniques. Likewise, some design forms have originated within a family or tribal group and are considered somewhat proprietary. However, many non-tribal artists admire the artform and are producing remarkable works.

Here is another example (not mine!) from a Hopi artist in Arizona – a Corn Maiden kachina:

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#3 posted 10-10-2018 02:45 PM

That is very well done and beautiful too. Thanks for showing it. The diversity of designs from these different cultures always amazes me, but of course they are inspired by what they see around them in nature and their local dress and customs.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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