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Artist / Maker : Elliott, Charles W.; Temosen-thut
Title : House Post; Frogs Emerging After Great Flood
Date (Execution) : 2009
Geographical Origin : Vancouver Island; British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Saanich (WSÁNEĆ), Tsartlip
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Red cedar; Acrylic paint
Support / Technique : , painted
Object Type : reliefs (sculptures); posts (structural elements)
Visual Description : This post is on the left side of the entrance to the ceremonial hall of the First People's House. Carved frogs face downward (vs. the pole on the left side, which has frogs facing upward). "The frogs historically represent the rebirth and regeneration of all living things. The frogs have a significant role in the Coast Salish culture as they mark the beginning of a new year and mark the end of the winter ceremonial season. This House Post contemporary design is symbolic of the Legend of the Flood which depicts the emergence of the frogs after the great flood. The rope is symbolic of the Saanich People's ties to the land and how the rope saved them from the flood when they tied their canoes to the Sacred Lauwelnew Mountain." - Charles Elliott
Accession # : U009.3.3-2
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Mandatory Credit : University of Victoria Acquisition Fund
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