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The First People by Susan Point | by Galen Charlton
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The First People by Susan Point

2008, red and yellow cedar.

 

"Susan Point honors the practice of shaping and incising red and yellow cedar to express a devotional attitude towards natural word of Coast Salish

people. Red cedar has always been consider the "tree of life" for coastal peoples. Here, Point carves eight faces connected by root like forms that reference shared genealogies of Fraser River inhabitants and the importance of inherited histories that unite Coast Salish people. The sinuous forms also allude to the fjord-like features of the Fraser Delta and the rich vegetation at water's edge."

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Taken on September 20, 2014