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Totem Moon - an original mixed media painting by Fine Art America artist James Williamson. Published as a fine art print and greeting card by Fine Art America. Mixed media includes: pen and ink, watercolor, colored pencil and pastel.
TOTEM MOON - TALL SHIP LADY WASHINGTON
AT PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIVE VILLAGE
Imagine how Pacific Northwest native villages appeared with totem poles and supernatural symbols and the effect on sailors and explorers to this far away land. A profound sense of discovery, even awe, was experienced by brave adventurers to the hostile, rain soaked coast of the North Pacific. How vibrant, dynamic and alive this dark and undiscovered land was to become.
The meeting of two cultures from distant reaches of planet Earth in the 18th century. The technologically advanced European and the rugged, spiritually aware North Coast People. The Northwest Native lived close to nature, feeling the forces of weather, with long, cold and wet winters. The power of volcanoes roaring to life and the earth shuddering with violent earthquakes. The beauty of lush, green forests and star filled nights. Nature had been good to the First Nations. Salmon filled the waters and food of all types was in abundance.
Nature also created the European and this land was an opportunity for growth, profit and exploration. Yet the carvings and images of the original people had a profound effect and much of the art created was collected and taken to museums. There was a sense of mystery and value to this work.
Now that many nations have settled in the Pacific Northwest and much of the work has been completed in creating the cities, communications, and trade there is more time to reflect on the totem images. What are they telling us?
When you hear the wind howling in a gale, and torrents of rain overflow the rivers. When you feel the earth shudder and roar to life in an earthquake and the cities shake think of the supernatural beings inhabiting this land. When volcanoes explode and cover the forest in ash think of these forms. When meteors light the night sky think of the dancers around the village fire. When you walk through the lush, green forest and hear Raven think of the totems. There are many forces the new arrivals to this land have yet to experience. These beings inhabit the rain, the mist, the crashing surf. They are in the sound and movement of the earth. They are near if we could but perceive.
The tall ship ‘Lady Washington’ is illustrated as she sails to this ‘new land’. Natives in a Northwest Coast sea-going canoe greet the ship. The mystical, mythical spirit village is filled with enormous carved totem poles reaching into a full moon night. A bright moon mask dominates and sun is to the left. Salmon fill the sky. You have arrived in a new world.
More information about Tall Ship Lady Washington
Lady Washington first began her life as a sloop, a small vessel with one mast. She was converted to a brigantine, two masts, in 1790-91, while in Macao, China.
Lady Washington sailed from Boston in 1787, around Cape Horn to the Northwest Coast of North America, reaching Nootka Sound in 1788. She sailed onward to china and Japan via the Sandwich Islands and returned to the Pacific Northwest.
The objective of this brave ship and crew, under the command of Captain Robert Gray and Captain Kendrick was to engage in sea otter fur trade, gather furs from the Indians on the Northwest coast and sell them in Canton, China.
A replica of the brigantine Lady Washington was built by Gray’s Harbor Historical Seaport, Aberdeen, WA in 1989. The ship sails to ports throughout the Pacific Northwest and along the Pacific coast. You can visit the ship and return to the days of 200 years past when the intrepid Yankee traders Robert Gray and John Kendrick and crew first came to the Northwest. Experience the romance and adventure of he age of sail.
August 25th, 2013
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