In spite of its poisonous dorsal fin, the snapper is a staple for the peoples of the Northwest Coast. It is the subject of an elaborate dance.
24 1/2″ x 11 1/2″
Carved from pine
SKU: NWS00162 Category: Wood Carvings Tags: Ed Raub, Klingit, Makah, Native American, Northwest Coast art, Snapper, wood carving
Artist statement: "I make beaded tennis shoes because through the ages Kiowas have always adorned their footwear. Making beaded tennis shoes is simply a continuation of something started long before me: the idea that personal adornment can be an expression of self, of society, of tribe, and of humanity. I understand the immediate appeal of beaded tennis shoes - they are whimsical, fun, and familiar. However, my intention is once the viewer is comfortable, to tell a more complex story of contemporary Indian life with the beaded illustrations. Most of my tennis shoe stories deal with our living history, culture, society and daily life through imagery from a particular dance or custom. In some way then the viewer becomes educated, even if only sub-consciously, to the fact that we, as Native people, exist in the here and now and not as caricatures and stereotypes but as real and multifaceted human beings. The story then of all of the shoes I have made is that of survival from genocide. We, as Kiowas, have lived through a violent, dangerous, awesome, and proud history, and I believe in some way these shoes can stand as testament to our survival not just as people, but also of a material culture that expresses our lives and values as Kiowas in the 21st century. The beaded tennis shoes I make are my hopeful and joyful expression of the continuance of the Kiowa people." Teri Greeves,Kiowa 2009 These shoes were featured the Fuller Craft Museum's exhibit titled "The Perfect Fit: Shoes Tell Stories". 11" x 9" x 3 1/2"$10,500.00
These tree silhouette earrings represent a new design for Kevin Pourier. Pourier meticulously carves buffalo horn surfaces and sometimes inlays them with crushed stone and shell. In this case, the silhouettes and the stippling of the background provide very evocative images. Buffalo horn is so light, these earrings are featherweight. They are finished beautifully, adding a soft, satin touch to the experience. Materials: buffalo horn, gold fill wire. 1 1/4" diameter$525.00
Niio Perkins, award-winning Mohawk beadworker, is among the finest artists working in the Iroquois raised bead style. In this style, multiple layers of beads add depth to the designs. Here she has created a dark maroon heart-shaped velvet purse with floral designs, lined with a dark satin fabric with Asian designs. Materials: velvet, delica beads, Swarovski crystal beads, dyed freshwater pearls, leather, cowry shells. Purse is 5 3/4" w x 4 1/2" h; 6 1/4" w x 9 1/2" h including handle and fringes$375.00
Niio Perkins, award-winning Mohawk beadworker, is among the finest artists working in the Iroquois raised bead style. In this style, multiple layers of beads add depth to the designs. Here she has created a dark maroon heart-shaped velvet purse with floral designs, lined with a light-colored floral fabric. Materials: velvet, delica beads, Swarovski crystal beads, cowry shells. Purse is 5 1/4" w x 4 1/2" h; 9 1/2" h including strap and shells.$325.00