native sculpture

Jason Hunt [Kwaguilth], Man in the Moon (Cedar bark trim, rope and white paint), Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Canada), Nd.

Creepypasta #1066: I Work As A Private Investigator. Here Are A Few Of My Strangest Cases (Part 3)

Length: Long

Apart from domestic and missing persons, I tend to get a lot of cases from local businesses for things like fraud, making sure their employees are legitimate with their sick days, and running background checks on potential hires.

One of my more frequent clients is this quaint little antique store that sits in one of the less populated parts of town, silently minding its own business on a crooked and forgotten street corner. The couple running the joint may have a pretty sparse employee population, but they’re nothing if not thorough with those few workers they do have.

It was mid-autumn and shivering winds had begun to drift into town. We have very few trees up here that would deign to become dyed that calming autumn orange, but the few that would are beautifully eye-catching splashes of colour amongst a sea of pine green. The Tim’s residing under one such tree is where I was been called out by the aforementioned couple. I sipped my coffee, patiently watching the door for their arrival.

I greeted them when they eventually arrived and they settled down at my table without buying anything. I’ve worked with them before at this point and I knew better than to try to break the ice with small talk, so we got right into business.

They’d recently hired somebody to start working night-shifts at their shop. As far as I know they don’t get much traffic in the daytime to begin with, so why they thought they needed someone to run the register after sundown I’d no clue. It was what it was, however, and as per usual they don’t trust the kid yet.

I had already been hired to do a background check on this guy back when they first hired him. He was a good enough kid, from what I could tell. No criminal past, always seemed to go straight home from school. He never left the house much at all and when he did, it was usually just walks or grocery runs.

So the couple wanted me to sit outside the storefront on the kid’s first night working to make sure he didn’t neglect his post. I tried to tell them that not only would investing in a security camera be cheaper, I could install it for them to boot. They weren’t interested. I made a mental note but didn’t press things. They went on to tell me that they’d like me to run a mystery shopper type deal. Go in near the end of the guy’s shift, buy something, and test out how well the kid deals with customers.

Now, I’ve been inside the antique shop a few times before. Whenever I’m approached by the couple, I try to take as many measures as I can to avoid entering the establishment again. I was initially reluctant to accept this case for that reason. I was a little bit short on funds, though, so I took the case.

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We Were Always Here by Colton Brown
Via Flickr:
Rick Bartow 2012
Old-growth Western red Cedar, Port Orford cedar, old-growth Douglas fir, oak, maple, stain, sealer
National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, DC 

In creating these two poles from a single old-growth cedar tree, artist Rick Bartow has drawn on patterns and symbols from his Northern California Native heritage. These include Bear’s conscientious and protective role as a healer and Raven’s playful and sometimes comical acts that shaped the world and human society. The pole bases’ horizontal pattern references the changing tides of Oregon mudflats and symbolizes the flow of knowledge and inheritance–in Bartow’s words, “the movement down to generations and up through the generations…like little waves”

About the Crazy Horse Memorial

Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, the Crazy Horse Memorial is the world’s largest mountain carving. Designed as a memorial to Native American heroes, the sculpture depicts Crazy Horse, a 19th century Lakota leader, astride a horse.
History At the request of Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear, sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski began construction on the memorial on June 3, 1948. Ziolkowski worked on the sculpture until his death in 1982, when his wife Ruth continued with the project.


Plant of the Day

Saturday 19 November 2016

In the Fagus sylvatica (beech) woods of the CASS Sculpture Park, Sussex, there was a chance to admire the autumn colour of these large, deciduous tree, and their interaction with a range of sculptures. This tree is a native to southern England and South Wales, reaching to a height of more than 40m and developing a large domed crown. The bark is distinctively smooth, thin and grey in colour. It grows best on a well drained soil and will produce dense shade.

Jill Raggett


Recognized as the first African and Native-American sculpture, Edmonia Lewis created history with her marble sculptures. Born in New York in 1844, she befriended abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison who would teach her sculpture. Lewis began by creating busts of Garrison and other abolitionist leaders. She experienced her first major success with a bust of Col. Robert Shaw in 1864. From that sculpture she was able to travel to Rome, Italy where she honed her skills in marble. Her work often centered around themes of her personal heritage, religion, or U.S history. Her pieces can be seen in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.