Salmon Dance II Framed Print
This framed print on cream-coloured paper depicts two formline salmon; one on the upper right corner and one on the lower left. Each of the salmon is painted with a blue-and-green metallic gradient and has a red-and-blue human figure inside. The frame is a shiny pewter colour.
“The Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast believed that Salmon are Supernatural Beings with Human Spirits. They lived in villages deep under the ocean. In the spring, these Salmon People put on their outerwear of shiny skins and swam through the sea on their journey to dance at the mouths of rivers, before they willingly swam upstream to present themselves as food for Human Beings. After the Salmon were eaten, with great respect, they put the complete fish skeleton back in the water with the belief that their Human Spirit would rise again and the flesh of the Salmon People would regenerate, continuing this cycle of life.”
April White, or SGaana Jaad (Killer Whale Woman), was born in Haida Gwaii, of Yahgu’jaanaas Raven Clan. She is a direct descendant of the renowned Stastas Eagle Chief and Haida artist, Charles Edenshaw and Dadens Yaghu’jaanaas Raven and Haida weaver, Isabella Edenshaw. White’s natural, self-taught artistic inclination stems from her Haida heritage, where being an artist is an honoured profession. White received her Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the University of British Columbia. She has worked as a geologist in remote areas of Western Canada, an experience that has helped her develop the visual faculty essential to creating her artworks. White currently lives and works both in Powell River and Haida Gwaii.
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