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Jim Charlie was born on the Capilano Reserve in North Vancouver, BC. Being of Coast Salish heritage, Charlie is a member of the Squamish Nation, whose territory stretches from North and West Vancouver to Whistler, BC. Jim Charlie is the great-grandson of Jericho Charlie, the namesake of Jericho Beach in Vancouver.
As the grandson of the late Dominic Charlie, an accomplished carver, Jim was educated in the histories and culture of the Salish peoples throughout his youth. He has been inspired by those traditions in his artwork and has taken the Thunderbird and grizzly bear as his family crests in honour of his grandfather and grandmother, respectively.
Charlie began carving in his adolescence and has been creating Northwest Coast art for over three decades, almost exclusively in wood. Over the years, he has studied under Salish carvers Floyd Joseph and Jacob Lewis, as well as the renowned Gitksan artist Phil Janze.
Charlie’s work represents a variety of Northwest Coast legends and is notable for its broad and accessible style. He has exhibited pieces at the Seattle Art Fair and most recently completed a commission at the Vancouver International Airport.
Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adv...
Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence. Raven is identified by its straight beak and lack of ears or plumage on the head.
Moon is associated with peace and transformation and is also widely regarded as a protector and g...
Moon is associated with peace and transformation and is also widely regarded as a protector and guardian spirit. In some stories the Moon originated as chip of the Sun, which Raven broke into pieces. Moon is often depicted with humanoid features and can be distinguished from the Sun by a labret in its bottom lip indicating female nobility.
Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is ...
Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intelligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usually noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to hunt whales alone. Eagle may ofte...
Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. M...
Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. Many myths tell of people taken to the undersea world of the Salmon and return with secret knowledge and powers. Salmon have always been viewed as the life force for Indigenous communities. Salmon is often represented by scales, small fins and striated tail fin.
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