Painting: Acrylic on Paper
The significance of this design is that it is both traditional and contemporary. The traditional aspect comes from the circular spindle whorl design that contains four faces. The number four represents wholeness and balance. Salish Community has to do with differences in communities past and present and depicts traditional and contemporary realities.
On the one hand, family is traditionally very important and valued in Salish communities. On the other hand, the image expresses the contemporary importance of native issues, internalized racism, nepotism, band office politics and issues that divide communities.
This is a reality I see in my own community; a division between traditional and non-traditional values.
Legacy: National Gallery of Canada