• A Strong Law Bids Us Dance

A Strong Law Bids Us Dance

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  • Photo-etching, etching and aquatint
    Size: 14 x17”
    Edition: 30

    A Strong Law Bids Us Dance references a statement made by a Kwakwak’awkaw chief in the 1800s. According to tradition the dances, masks and potlatches are a responsibility or social obligation, similar to a law, and not to be taken lightly. The dancer in the photograph wears a Raven mask, which is one of the attendants of the Cannibal at the North End of the World. The photograph, by David A. Neel, is from a potlatch in Alert Bay and the border design was inspired by Northwest coast Native basket designs and pictographs.

In addition to traditional Kwakiutl designs, David has created Contemporary Indigenous prints that represent the issues and history of our time. He believes that Northwest Native American traditional art is a foundation to build upon, not a boundary to restrain creativity..

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