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:
artists Susan Point (Musqueam) and Shaun Peterson (Puyallup/Tulalip)
scholars Carolyn Marr and Wayne Suttles
cultural specialists Sonny McHalsie (StÃ³:lÃ³) and Bruce Miller (Skokomish)
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
Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), February 21, 2009 – August 16, 2009
Royal British Columbia Museum, November 20, 2009 – March 8, 2010