Spirit of the Taku

Serigraph: Ink on Paper

30" X 29.5"

Artist/Curatorial Statement

This is a very personal image, inspired by the many rafting trips I have made on the Taku River with my family. Teeming with life, the Taku River flows from Alaska through to northern BC.

I have had many spiritual experiences on the Taku, including an exceptionally close encounter with a grizzly bear and a chance to see what I call The Spirit of the Taku, a completely white bald eagle.

The image draws on a traditional Salish weaving design echoing the constant movement of the river. The design flows through the form of the eagle itself, drawing attention to the connection between the eagle and his environment. Within the wings of the eagle there are two salmon heads (traditionally depicted in pairs for good luck). This image reminds us that we are all linked, both to our environment – and to all the living creatures that share it.

Susan Point

Associated Box Set: Salish Weave Box Set IV

Display(s): Cornett Building Salish Art Display, Places of British Columbia

Exhibition(s): Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

Legacy: National Gallery of Canada