Making a Present of the past

It’s a long time since I posted any jewelry or artifacts posts on here.  The inspiration today for this post came from a piece I have just written on Bookstains, in celebration of the Poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow‘s birthday.  This video by Native American artist Harold Alfred Kwakwaka’wakw caught my eye.    This Canadian artist was born into the Namgis tribe which is located in the North Eastern Vancouver island.  He is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation (formerly Kwakiut)

Harold emulates past masters and continues in the tradition whilst maintaining  a high standard of workmanship that is an earmark of the Kwakwaka’wakw art form.  All his work is of very fine quality and he has given these traditional artifacts a contemporary twist – making them fresh and new whilst maintaining their  relevence and history.  The works are narratives, traditional storytelling that deserve to be passed down.   Jewelry, stained glass, Totem poles, masks, Lamps are just a few of the items this artist makes.   The rings and in particular, and also the humming birds necklace is delightful!   

Over on Bookstains is a celebration of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birthday (the post which inspired this post) Just click the button to time travel!

PLUS  Some new poems have been added to the American Gothic Poetry challenge!  Just click the painting to be transported!

More about the artist here and here  

Video by  Thanks!

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12 Responses to “Making a Present of the past”

  1. Some very interesting art here.
    Perhaps geometric is a good description.
    It reminds of some of the decorate clothing, headdresses and such in this film i watched the other day called apocalypto

  2. Wow. Colorful and totally more contemporary than much Native American art I have seen. It is storming here, right now, and this whole video was made all the more dramatic with the lightening and the thunder while I was viewing this. Thank you for introducing me to another new artist, Lynda!

    • Glad you like this Leslie – like you say very contemporary indeed. Fancy you also getting storm effects with your viewing….not sure which button I pressed for that 😀

  3. I had my rain and thunder relaxation file playing in the background while I viewed this. Made the drums and chants awesome.

    Great artwork! I loved it!

  4. Jessica Says:

    Some wonderful designs there. A few reminded me of Aztec designs. Fascinating video!

  5. artistatexit0 Says:

    Wonderful work! It’s important to not only recall the traditional, but to extend the line as well. I think this artist has done a great job of this. Thanks for your post Lynda…much appreciated.

  6. Yes, so that in a sense the craftsmanship and story telling continues via the object and eventually becomes an heirloom too 🙂 Glad you liked this post 🙂

  7. Like AL I take note of how traditional symbols and motifs are created anew and thus seem to transcend time. Great video for the mix of art and music, Lynda.

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