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Making a Present of the past

Posted in ART, DESIGN with tags , , on February 27, 2011 by echostains

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!