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Object #2015-17/1
Object nameWall Hanging
Culture of OriginKwakwaka'wakw
TitleThe Wealth of Malik (Sockeye Salmon)
Maker or ArtistLou-ann Neel
MaterialsWool, Red, Black, Ultrasuede, Thread, Cotton, Red, Copper Ore, Abalone
TechniquesCut, Sewn, Appliqued
Exhibit LabelWhen examining an older dance apron in the Burke Museum collections #4, Lou-Ann Ika'wega Neel said "Immediately my eye was drawn to this particular dance apron because it had coppers all along the bottom - it represented such wealth, and richness, and the weight - the physical weight of it - was so overwhelming to me. I know how long it takes to cut every one of those coppers, to drill all of them, and sew them on securely.
My piece connects our people and the salmon. The salmon and the coppers are the symbols of wealth in our culture. We have a relationship with our territories, we're hear, we return every year, just like the salmon does."
DimensionsW: 30.2 in, L: 59.2 in
SourceMs. Lou-ann Neel
CreditPurchased with funds donated by Mark Kernaghan in honor of Philip Robinson

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