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In the spirit of spindle whorls, this circular Coast Salish design depicts two spawning salmon in a red, perpetual circle. It is significant that I've begun this ARTiculation with the words, "In the spirit of spindle whorls," which I've begun many previous ARTiculations with. The reason for this is that the designs were created in the spirit of spindle whorls, and are not really spindle whorl designs, per se. As a contemporary Coast Salish artist concerned with perpetuating my artistic legacy with integrity, I believe it is vital to reflect my culture as it is today, not as it romantically "once was." This is partially out of the conviction that cultures change, and the art forms within those cultures need to reflect that cultural reality. As a contemporary Coast Salish artist, and with a bit of an iconoclastic spirit, I believe that spindle whorls are mostly obsolete, and reflect my culture as it romantically "once was." Since cultures change through acculturation and colonialism, I believe I need to reflect my culture as it is today. Hence some of the contemporary graphic influences in this work. --lessLIE

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist lessLIE
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2006
Dimensions 20" x 20"
Materials & Edition acrylic on paper

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