“This is the first limited edition print by the artist that explores a design system that is not of his own heritage. By many classifications the Northwest Coast Native art field spans from Western Washington up through South East Alaska. In these regions are many tribal groups each with their own distinct language, songs, dances and cultural practices. By the early 1900’s much of the occupied lands of tribal people threatened to cease in existence due to government rule which in many cases outlawed cultural practices which included carving and textile work. However, in time the cultural practices regained momentum and transformed into new creations.
Peoples of Western Washington and in particular the Puget Sound are known as Salish or Coast Salish. Several tribes including but not limited to the Lummi, Tulalip, Suquamish, Puyallup and Nisqually share a root language called Lushootseed. In the old traditions of these people art was not often public but reserved for private ceremonial aspects of the culture. Because of this the only public expression that came from these villages were more often from other tribal groups of British Columbia or Alaska. Many artists, including Shaun Peterson (Qwalsius) were trained in this design style first as it was the most accessible through books and museums. This print acknowledges the differences of Northern people but shares a common respect of the salmon that have long sustained all peoples of the coast for many generations.”
-Shaun Peterson / Qwalsius