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Paddle Depicting Salmon, Orca, and Eagle by Bill Wilson, Kwakwaka'wakw

Paddle Depicting Salmon, Orca, and Eagle by Bill Wilson, Kwakwaka'wakw

Regular price $1,200.00 $1,080.00 Sale

Paddle Depicting Salmon, Orca, and Eagle, 1986
by Bill Wilson, Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation
red cedar, pigment

41.25” long x 6.75” wide x 1” deep

Bill Wilson (born in 1944) is a hereditary chief and carries the Kwak’wala name Hemas Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla. Hemas means “the Chief who is always there to help” and Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla means “the first rank among the eagles.” He is a descendant of the Musgamgw Tsawataineuk and Laich-kwil-tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka'wakw, also known as the Kwak’wala-speaking peoples.

Wilson was born in 1944 in Comox, British Columbia. Wilson is the son of Puugladee (also known as Ethel or Effery), the eldest child of a hereditary chief and a hamatsa, a position of very high stature in Kwagiulth culture. Wilson’s father, Charlie Wilson, was the eldest of six and supported his siblings while growing up. 

Wilson is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-kwil-tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwakaʼwakw, also known as the Kwak’wala-speaking peoples. They traditionally live from northern Vancouver Island along the inside passage, the Broughton Archipelago and the mainland inlets, and are traditionally people of the sea.

 



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