Her Step Into Life Clay Sculpture (In Progress) by Rande CookHer Step Into Life Clay Sculpture (In Progress) by Rande Cook
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Her Step Into Life Clay Sculpture (In Progress)

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"This sculpture describes the passage from girlhood to womanhood within the Kwakwaka’wakw culture. To mark the occasion there is a coming of age ceremony. During the ceremony she is dressed down from her children’s clothing and robed as a woman. This important ceremony takes four days. During the process a girl is taken out of society and hidden, and is forbidden to play with other children and only noble ladies attend her. On the first morning of the ceremony these ladies prepare her for her first step into womanhood. After burning her clothes from childhood she is reattired and from then she walks and dances with the women. Women are our most prized because they are our birth bringers. This is why this ceremony is so sacred As she is preparing for the ceremony she stands in the chief’s box of treasures, wearing the cedar bark head piece for protection from harmful thoughts. She is given a hat, a new blanket and an apron... Finally, she can now prepare for marriage." - Rande Cook

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist Rande Cook
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2012
Dimensions 20" x 4.5"
Materials & Edition Clay

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