Bonnie Kahn's Gallery

"Basketry Tamanawas Panel"carved from western red cedar by Adam McIsaac

$7,800.00
  • "Basketry Tamanawas Panel"carved from western red cedar by Adam McIsaac

Bonnie Kahn's Gallery

"Basketry Tamanawas Panel"carved from western red cedar by Adam McIsaac

$7,800.00

"Basketry Tamanewas" by Adam McIssac,

Western red cedar, 4' high, 3' wide, 2" deep                                                   

 

Basketry Tamanawas

Columbia River basketry was among the finest ever produced along the West Coast. Cattail, bear grass and hazel brush was among the list of materials used. Artistic two-dimensional designs found on baskets play a role in the make up of this regions art style.

Basketry Tamanawas was inspired by these beautiful works of art. The center face represents the basket weaver. Along the bottom are humanoid faces in the form of diamonds. This is a common design found in Wasco basketry. Along the sides are triangles that form a zig-zaging line. Across the top are concentric squares, both are common elements found in Columbia River art. This carving is an example of how similar carving and basketry are when considering the artistic designs applied.

The quest for ones sprit power.   During a Chinook’s life the quest for a spirit power plays a vital role. Males will search for this power their whole life while women will stop searching at the time of menstruation.

This power board reflects the acquiring of one such power. The woman in the middle with long adorning earrings has acquired the spirit helper along the bottom. Carved humanoid faces in the shape of diamonds portray this supernatural being. Running along the sides are bands of triangles and concentric squares a long the top reflect the trance like state one would inflict upon themselves in hopes to see a power.

About Adam McIsaac:

From an early age, Adam McIsaac has been rooted in the ways of the Pacific Northwest.  The son of a fisheries biologist, McIsaac spent his formative years walking the forests and riverbanks of the Pacific Northwest absorbing the environmental riches abundant in this area.  As he grew older, his connection to the Northwest manifested itself into a keen interest in the ways of Northwest aboriginal cultures.  McIsaac spent years studying and learning aboriginal life skills.  It is from this background that his passion for Northwest Coastal Indian art emerged.

McIsaac sought the guidance of world renowned Northwest Coast artist Duane Pasco.  In an intensive two-year study with Pasco, McIsaac artwork flourished.  He gained considerable expertise in the styles of the Bella Coola tribe native to British Columbia, Canada, and learned to make his own traditional tools.  Moved by his experiences with Pasco, McIsaac devoted the next ten years of his life to studying the extraordinary cultures of the Northwest Coast tribes.  His work and study has led him on an adventurous trek from the Columbia River to Yakutat Bay, AK.

McIsaac’s true passion is to accurately recreate the artwork of Northwest Coast tribes as a means of bringing recognition to their culture and elaborate artwork.  By using traditional carving tools, paints and pigments, he achieves this goal by highlighting the artistic intricacies innate to each of the Northwest Coast tribes.  His artwork adheres to the strict tribal standards seen in historical Northwest Coast art and reflects its overall sophistication.

McIsaac’s recent focus has been on the artistry of the Columbia River tribes.  Inspired by this local artistry, he created traditional relief carved panels now displayed at the Skamania Lodge located along the Columbia River.  He was recently the lead carver of the Cathlapotle Plank House, and has received a number of public commissions. He currently teaches carving to Native youth at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde reservation.

 

 

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