Bird mask of the Tsimshian people, used in initiation ceremonies. Artist unknown; 19th century. Collected in Nisga’a territory at the mouth of the Nass River, British Columbia, Canada; now in the Louvre.
Young Hawaiian Girl – 1890 by bjebie Via Flickr: This photograph of a young Hawaiian girl dates from near the end of the nineteenth century. Bedecked with a maile lei and wearing a skirt of kapa (mulbberry bark cloth) she is beautifully seated on a carved drum.
The Hawaiian population dwindled dramatically from the time of Western contact in the late 1700s. The near-loss of this culture was reversed with a Hawaiian renaissance inspired by studying the knowledge of remaining elders in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Photographs like this one offer a glimpse of what was almost lost.
Naas shagi yeil s'aaxw (Raven at the Headwaters of Nass hat) from the Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest. Carved from maple; decorated with paint, shells, hair, and baleen. Artist unknown; ca. 1810. Now in the Seattle Art Museum. Photo credit: Joe Mabel.
This set includes post earrings, ring, bracelet and necklace and is based upon the spread tail of an eagle and it’s claws. The Necklace is made from overlaid, pierced and carved silver with a carved bison horn centerpiece. The ‘claws’ were made to mimic actual eagle claws and are hand cut and carved from bison bone as are the black beads on this piece. The post earrings have a center bison horn carving with two carved eagle feathers in silver. The ring repeats this motif with the band carved into a feather.
(I thought I’d advertise my dad a bit, if you could signal boost that would be wonderful, even if you don’t want to buy a very lovely flute~)
These flutes are beautifully hand crafted native american style flutes that my dad has spent several years of his life making, but unfortunately not selling all that well (Due to not being able to travel far because of the younger kids). I live away from my dad right now and he hasn’t seen me in about a month because he can’t afford to, so people seeing his work and potentially buying one/commissioning one wouldn’t be bad right?
Here is his website: http://www.stonelaughter.co.uk/
Even if you can’t afford or particularly care about this, please please please signal boost! I want to see my Dad (: