12" x 9"
25 b&w illustrations, 200 colour photographs
Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists
S’abadeb, the Lushootseed word for “gifts,” invokes the reciprocity that is at the heart of Salish culture. It expresses the importance of offering gifts at potlatches, giving thanks during ceremonies, respecting the creativity bestowed upon artists and leaders and honouring the master artists, oral historians and cultural leaders who pass vital cultural information to future generations.
S’abadeb—The Gifts brings together current scholarship with indigenous knowledge for the first time. Twelve essays examine how the history and culture of gifts are reflected in art, including pieces written by:
More than 200 photographs, most of them full colour, showcase the best of Salish art, including monumental house posts, expertly crafted basketry and woven regalia and stunning contemporary works in glass wood, and paint.
Seattle Art Museum, October 24, 2008 - January 11, 2009
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