Healing Rattle : Wind

Part of Healing Rattle Series

Yellow Cedar, Acrylic Paint, Abalone Inlay, White Pebbles, Tzhoulem Crystals, Red Cedar Bark, White Feathers, Cedar Root and Wild Cherry Bark

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.

The wind carries messages that our ancestors need us to learn. The wind can be strong and gentle. The wind carries seeds and gently places them where they are to grow into lush beautiful plants. I love the feeling of the wind blowing through my hair. One day I was walking to the beach with my sister. It was a very windy rainy day. I was carrying an umbrella. As we were walking towards the beach the wind got so strong. I put the umbrella in front of me and it created a wind tunnel and my hair was dancing. It felt so great.

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