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Artist / Maker : Wilson, Joseph M.; Sxwaset
Title : Harmony
Date (Execution) : 2006
Geographical Origin : Duncan, British Columbia, Canada
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Cowichan
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  :
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Circular, symmetrical image in turquoise, green, red and black ink. Two human and two bird heads can be discerned.
Accession # : U014.3.694
Width (cm) : 38.25
Height (cm) : 43.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "This design is originally derived from an 8-inch, carved maple spindle whorl, which was collected on Vancouver Island circa the early 1900's. To me personally, when it was commissioned by my new friends and owners of Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery, I felt that it represented freedom in love and the gifts that it brings. With the ring in the very centre the design represents eternal love and marriage. To distinguish the different between the male and female I put a labret in the lower lip of the fame in the eagle's wing joint, and put ovals in the female's wing feathers. In contrast, for the male, I gave him a little beard in the face of the eagle's wing joint, and put trigon (or dart) shapes in the male's wings feathers. To me, this whole rendition represents to me harmony and faithfulness, because eagles mate for life. In their mating dance, the eagles grasp onto one another while tumbling from the sky; it is one of the most majestic sights to see. May this design bring blessing to you and your loved one. THis is one fine example of what our creator has to show us in the life of the majestic eagle; that what they have is pure and innocent."