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Sharon is getting the bentbox ready for painting.

Hummingbird design by Marie Smith

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Bentboxes are used to house articles of great value to the owner; these items may range from regalia, masks and tools to food stock. Bentboxes are highly valued possessions and often depict crests with accompanying stories; many people regard them as heirlooms.

Created from either Western Red Cedar or Yellow Cedar, our 'Bentboxes' are fine examples of Northwest Coast Art.

A picture of the bear bentboxBear

Artist: R. Stephens

Dimensions: 6.75 x 4.75 x 4.75 inches

Painted and carved on 4 sides, the bentbox front harbors a bear crest, with a subcrest of the bear's face framed in the long-house. The bentbox back sports another bear design with double eyes. The salmon head adorns both sides of the bentbox.

A picture of the 'Young Mother' bentboxYoung Mother

Artist: Arlene Ness

Dimensions: 4.25 x 4 x 4 inches

The 'Young Mother' bentbox is painted on 4 sides and the front depicts the 'Young Mother' crest design. The back hosts the 'old woman' with the split eyes. The side crests are indicitive of the young mothers body.

A picture of the Lax-Seel bentboxLax-Seel

Artist: Marie Smith

Dimensions: 4.25 x 4.25 x 3.75 inches

This bentbox depicts the Lax-Seel crest, more commonly known as the frog design. Recognized as the communicator, frogs share their tongue and bestow knowledge and power.

A picture of the Eagle BentboxEagle

Artist: Kendall J Mowatt

Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 9 inches

The eagle is sacred and represents the spiritual aspect of our people. In many cases, the gifting of an eagle feather is meant as a gesture of peace. Painted on all 4 sides, this eagle crest utilizes the sides of the bentbox where the face meets on the corner.

Much of the Gitxsan Art displayed in these gallery pages belong solely to the Gitxsan Artists. If you are interested in purchasing this Gitxsan Art (or would like to talk to the artists) we can and will connect you to the Gitxsan Artist.

A close-up of Randy carving a totem pole

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