Potlatch Gathering by Dennis Allen, Skokomish Nation
Potlatch Gathering, 2015, Dennis Allen, Skokomish Nation, silkscreen, edition of 170, paper size: 22" h x 21.75" w
This design depicts the coming together of four different animals. The central animal is a Killer Whale. The animal on the upper left is a Sea Otter. The animal just to the right of the dorsal fin is a Frog, and the upper right animal is a Seal. The design under the Killer Whale is a wave. The design for this limited edition serigraph comes from an original drum design.
Dennis Allen is a member of the Skokomish (Twana) Tribe. He was born in Shelton Washington in 1935. He is the son of William Allen and Rose Pulsifer (Allen). He Grandfather, Henry Allen, was one of the last carvers on the Skokomish Reservation.
His Grandmother was blind, so he took on the role of being her provider and caregiver. At an early age he learned how to hunt and fish…[and]…to make baskets…prepare traditional foods, gather materials and medicines, listen to legends, and take part in canoe carving.
He has developed his own style to coincide with the many legends that have been passed down to him. He creates from his heart, and enjoys every piece that he creates. He looks forward to expanding his career in many different mediums and dimensions. He continues to be an active community member and feels honored to take part of the revival of the Salish Art.