Special Offer on Select Thomas Stream Original Paintings
Thomas Stream’s gouache paintings are a studied and deeply felt tribute to his Aleut heritage and a joyful expression of love to his people. The history of the Aleutian Islands and the Aleuts is a great source of honor and pride for Stream, mixed with sadness at the tragic clash of East and West throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
Exhibition Dates:September 29, 2017 - December 25, 2017
Thomas StreamPine GrosbeakOriginal Gouache on Paper, Conservation Framed
Thomas StreamAmerican RedstartOriginal Gouache on Paper, Conservation Framed
Thomas StreamLewis WoodpeckerLimited Edition Original Gouache Painting, Conservation Framed
Thomas StreamTundra RunnerLimited Edition Original Gouache Painting, Conservation Matted$Contact us to special order
Thomas StreamReflectionOriginal Gouache Painting, Conservation Framed
Thomas StreamGentleman Out for a RideLimited Edition Original Gouache Painting
$700 New Price / Formerly 1,075
Thomas StreamNutLimited Edition Original Gouache Painting
$1,200-Available to Order
Thomas StreamWhen Glory FliesLimited Edition Original Gouache Painting, Conservation Framed
$1,024 New Price / Formerly $1,280
Thomas StreamSitting Bull IIOriginal Gouache Painting, Conservation Framed
Thomas StreamDown the RoadLimited Edition Original Gouache Painting, Conservation Framed
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About Aleut Hunting Hats:
For Thomas Stream, these noble hats embody the resourcefulness, skill, spirituality and artistry of his people, the Sun’aq Aleut. The Aleutian Island archipelago stretches twelve hundred miles from the southwest corner of Alaska, across the Bering Sea to Russia. The Aleutians are a volcanic chain linking North America to Asia and consist of three hundred islands. The islands are as beautiful as they are remote. They are windswept and barren, with most vegetation growing no higher than twelve inches. It can take a tree two hundred years to reach a height of five feet. Most everything that sustained the Aleut came from the sea, and what came from the sea was fished or hunted by men in their bidarkas or kayaks. Survival depended upon a successful hunt and the Bering Sea/ North Pacific poses formidable risks.
The Aleut enlisted the aid of spiritual powers to help insure a successful and safe hunt. When an Aleut Hunter was preparing for the hunt he would put on this hunting hat, which have been made in the region for over two thousand years. The hat was constructed from split, hand-worked and steam-bent driftwood planks, and adorned with sea lion whiskers, walrus ivory, and trade beads. A man’s hat was as important as his boat and hunting tools. The unique shape of the hats offered protection from sun and rain, and possibly amplified sounds over the water. It was painted with his personal designs and symbols, and it was believed that the hat enabled the hunter to spiritually transform into his prey. Some anthropologists believe that the hats were essentially used as masks, to hide the hunter’s human identity from the animals. In ancient Aleut belief, humans and animals were once in the same family, and at some point they split off from each other.