Sorry, but I’m not an appraiser. Good luck on your purchase though.
Raven and Whale necklace, Gerry Marks (Haida)
In 1971, Gerry studied with Freda Diesing in Prince Rupert and attended the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art; he studied under Alfred Joseph. During his time at Gitanmaax (Ksan), Gerry also learned to make his own engraving tools. During his training, he was greatly influenced by Pat Dixon, Francis Williams, Robert Davidson, and Bill Holm. In 1977, Gerry carved a 25-foot totem pole with Francis Williams and helped Robert Davidson carve the Edenshaw Memorial House front, in Masset. That same year he worked with Peter Page at the Treasures of London Master Craftsmen Workshop, in London. Gerry has pieces in the BC Provincial Museum, the National Museum of Ethnology, and Osaka Museum. His first repousse bracelet was purchased by the Canadian government’s Ministry of Indian Affairs. Throughout 2009 and 2010, Gerry was working from Malaysia and Sweden. His carving style is characterized by precise lines and minute detail. Every surface of his pieces are textured and perfectly finished.
Nigit’stil Norbert (Gwich’in)
From the artist
pull or twist out of shape: a grimace distorted her fine mouth
figurative: give a misleading or false account or impression of…
This series explores how one image can be distorted; how one idea can change and shift so that it is no longer what it originally was but something else completely.
Submerging the image under water and using falling water to distort, contort, and disfigure the image. The original image is distorted over and over again so that many different faces, expressions, and feelings are unveiled. I used the image of a woman wearing a headdress to talk about today’s ‘Indian’ craze and appropriation in fashion and culture.
Barron Jones reports on the state of Indian arts and crafts counterfeiting and the prosecution and conviction of one of many alleged offenders.
Here is Ovilu Tunnillie’s stone carving Ovilu in Bed (TB Patient).
There are few more tragic consequences of contact between Inuit and outsiders than the epidemic of tuberculosis that spread throughout the North in the 1950s and early 1960s. No community was spared. This work deals with Ovilu’s personal experience, as she recalls being strapped to her bed in the hospital ward, poignantly conveying the confusion and terror that many Inuit patients experienced.
In 1955, Ovilu was taken south for treatment on the federal government’s supply ship, the C.D. Howe, for the first time. She spent the next four years in sanatoria in southern Canada. When she finally returned home she had a hard time adjusting because she couldn’t understand the Inuit ways or language. She said: “It was like I had just met my family for the first time.”
Many Inuit of the eastern Arctic were sent to Mountain Sanatorium in Hamilton, Ontario; in 1956 there were 332 Inuit patients there. Many never returned home, and in 1995 a memorial was erected in the Woodland Cemetery in Hamilton to commemorate the Inuit who died at the sanatorium and were buried anonymously there.
Chuck Ya’Ya Heit (Gitxsan)
birch, mahogany, ebony, bird’s eye maple, curly maple, abalone, argillite, brass, telephone
Spawning Salmon, Jody Broomfield (Squamish)