Tribal Spirit Gallery Spring 2017

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We have some great events profiled in the Native News section for locals and tourists this spring. Hope to see you there!

Let's begin with your

Sunday Dinner arrangements!

Our intricately crafted items have been made right here on the Northwest Coast of BC for decades. We often have people contacting us for more information on these finely sculpted works, as they tend to be passed down through generations as heirlooms. Browse the selections here:

Majestic Eagle fork and ladle serving sets.
Specially priced at $68.

A symbol of great strength, leadership and prestige. The Eagle is seen as a symbol of power, has a strong connection to peace, and is considered an important Clan crest frequently depicted on totem poles, masks, prints and jewelry. Eagle down, considered sacred, was used in ceremonies to welcome someone in friendship. 

Order by April 14th, and you'll receive a free eagle greeting card for the host! Also, reach out and ask about our limited selection of discontinued scarves and mugs, and save as much as 30%.

News from the Northwest Coast Native Art world:

Susan Point at the VAG

The Vancouver Art Gallery has opened a large and exceptional exhibition of the work of Musqueam artist Susan Point. The show focuses on the theme of the drop spindle whorl, one of the traditional implements in preparing wool for Salish weaving, and offers the visitor a wide and deep look at the creativity of a prolific and brilliant artist. The range of media and brilliant creativity.

via Ann Cameron,

Ellen Neel: The First Woman Totem Pole Carver

Until April 1, 2017, an exhibition at the Legacy Gallery Downtown in Victoria honours a pioneer female First Nations artist with Ellen Neel: The First Woman Totem Pole Carver. Neel (1916-1966), learned to carve from her grandfather Charlie James, and both created poles for Stanley Park,
a very early acknowledgement of First Nations culture by the City of Vancouver. The exhibition includes work by contemporary members of Ellen Neel’s family.

via Ann Cameron,

Reconciliation Pole Raising

At 1 pm on April 1, 2017 at the University of British Columbia, the raising of the magnificent Reconciliation Pole by Haida Master James Hart will take place in the Main Mall. (See The Beat October 2016.) The public is invited to the raising (expected to take up to 1 ½ hours), the ceremony and the Salmon Barbeque afterwards.

via Ann Cameron,

25-foot pole

Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, in Greater Vancouver, plans to continue its program of Reconciliation and installing First Nations cultural objects on its campus. Most recently, on the Burnaby campus, a 25-foot pole was raised of a Coast Salish welcoming figure in traditional regalia above an eagle. Squamish artist Jody Broomfield directed the carving team. In September SFU plans to unveil a pole created by a Musqueam artist at its downtown campus. A project for the Surrey campus is underway.

via Ann Cameron,

Haida Gwaii Museum

The Haida Gwaii Museum has put its archives online. A rich collection of photographs of objects, people, the villages and natural history artifacts are available at

via Ann Cameron,

National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa is re-installing its galleries of the history of Canadian art to provide a better and more inclusive look at our nation’s culture. The new galleries will open on June 15th 2017, for the 150th anniversary of Confederation. In the meantime there is a special display in the Upper Contemporary Gallery of the NGC where Brian Jungen’s Shapeshifter of 2000 and Vienna of 2003 are currently on view together. Although both works are part of the permanent national collection, their size, 6.6 metres and 8.5 metres respectively has meant that they are rarely displayed side by side.

via Ann Cameron,
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