Healing Rattle : Water

Part of Healing Rattle Series

Yellow Cedar, Abalone Inlay, White Pebbles, Fresh Water Pearls, Tzhoulem Crystals, Acrylic Paint, Red Cedar Bark, Yellow Cedar Bark and Bear Grass

12'' X 9''

Artist/Curatorial Statement

For my Healing Rattle Series, I chose the four elements (wind, water, fire and earth) for my love of nature. I have grown up surrounded by the deep thick forests of Vancouver Island. I spent many hours patiently waiting to see blossoms bloom, for the salamanders to come out from hiding, for the birds to fly overhead and berries to ripen. I drank the rainwater off of the maple leaves, and ate the roots of ferns. I walked bare foot on pine needle trails that were soft and smooth. I swam in the rivers and the oceans. I caught trout with my brothers and took them home. I have lived with and been nurtured by nature. I believe that we are a part of nature. I believe that we are all connected.

My people believe that water is alive. We consider water to be healing. It cleanses and purifies. It nurtures our bodies and keeps our spirits pure. Water is all around us. When I was younger my mom would take us to the river for the day. We would lie on the hot river rocks in the sun. There was this one part of the river that the big salmon would swim. I grabbed my goggles and took a deep breath and dove deep down into the water there were salmon all around me. I was swimming with the salmon.

Angela Marston

Exhibition(s): 2017 Canadian Biennial, Record, (Re)create: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection, SMASH: International Indigenous Weaving

Legacy: National Gallery of Canada