On the Northwest Coast, simple unadorned horns and wooden spoons were for everyday use and elaborately designed ladles with intricate carving, painting and inlay were reserved for important ceremonial feasts. Ceremonial objects such as these are still in use today and continue to play an important part in Northwest Coast culture. As members of the Tsimshian Nation remind us; “The ceremonial objects used yesterday and today are only separated by time; they still hold the heart of the people within them.”
This ladle is adorned with a striking black eagle design by Gitxsan artist Trevor Angus. Eagles are a symbol of strength and leadership.
Trevor Angus a Gitxsan artist (b. 1970) was born and raised in Kispiox, BC. He studied carving and Northwest Coast art forms at the Kitanmaax School of Northwest Indian Art, where he studied with Gitxsan master carvers, Vernon Stephens and Ken Mowatt. He has been carving wood for more than 20 years and carving masks, steam-bent cedar boxes, rattles, panels, ladles, and plaques. He has also studied Jewellery Arts at Vancouver’s Native Education College and trained in jewelry creation under Art Wilson Philip Janze. He has a strong interest in depicting raven and eagle designs in his work.
- 33 cm x 7 cm