Crow Sisters III
“In mythology for lack of better terms of the Puget Sound people which are a branch of the Coast Salish Native Peoples of Western Washington, there is a unique way of looking at the mountains. An example of this is what has been known to many as Mount Rainier regarded as grandmother mountain by the late elder Jone Xote. A provider of sustenance providing cold water and salmon the feed the people.
In that tradition this third print in the crow sister series explores the idea of everyday beings in an aspect of the human experience. A decision came to go with a truly emotional approach. Examining these three women and their lives. It occurred to me that having been raised by women as a major influence I thought of how one figure and in this case the central figure, her head down resembled a mountain with her beak down and wings out of frame holding her sisters, perhaps in a grieving or a simple show of support in her sisters everyday complications in life.
Thinking on this further I thought of how this is a rotating role and that we all have our ups and downs and that no one person can be a mountain that is impervious to damage. The very mountain herself we look to in our lives here in Puget Sound has gone through heavy changes over time. As they say what doesn’t break us or “kill” us makes us stronger. Somedays you are on top of the world looking down and some days you are looking up. It’s in times when you are on top that it’s most important to look for those in need. That is the idea that came to me when making this print. Thinking back to how my mountain was my late grandmother who raised three daughters who trade those roles but how they are tied to one another and each have their power. So much can be said about the views of Puget Sound culture but as Taksablu (Vi Hilbert) would say that is all, haboo.”
-Qwalsius Shaun Peterson