Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)
About Us   Contact Us   1-888-669-8813    Sign In
p.73

Encounter Drum (2000)

by

  • Medium: rawhide
  • Size: 30 × 30 × 4 inches
  • Reference Code: SP-CSA-20

SOLD

In countless cultures around the world, the beating of a drum creates a powerful statement. In First Nations cultures, the drum is a vital member of the community and can be heard across vast expanses of land and water. The regular pulse of a drum brings people together, if only for a moment, into a common, focused rhythm.

For First Nations people, drums bring a sense of joy and exuberance to ceremonial potlatch celebrations, which pay tribute to the rich traditions of the people. “The sound of the drum, the heartbeat of our people,” Susan Point explains, “brings meaning and life to our gatherings.” In many ways, drums become characters as stories are passed from one generation to the next. Point has given these three drums individual names—Red Snapper, Encounter and Sister Wolf. Drums are always different, and the rawhide stretched over the wooden frame can vary, even slightly, in thickness or strength, giving each drum a distinct sound or voice. Unlike many of Susan Point’s other pieces, the design of the drum doesn’t tell a story. Instead, it creates a character. It is the function of the drum, when used in a ceremony, to contribute to the oral history passed down to the children.

—Susan Point as told to Vesta Giles

Other available artwork you might like by Susan Point:

Susan Point

Susan Point

OC, RCA

Coast Salish (Musqueam)

(1952- )

Susan began making limited edition prints on her kitchen table in 1981 while working as a legal secretary. She received several early commissions, which established her reputation for innovative proposals and for completing projects on time, on budget and at the highest level. She took courses in silver, casting and carving, all of which led to monumental sculptures in mixed media, and she was the first Northwest Coast artist to work in glass. She continues to release a number of print editions each year, but her focus has been on commissioned sculpture.

Monthly Email Newsletter

Spirit Wrestler Gallery

47 Water Street
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6B 1A1

Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
Phone: 604-669-8813

info@spiritwrestler.com

Follow us on Twitter and Google+

3 blocks from Waterfront Station
Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.

Monday to Saturday, open 10-6
Sunday and Holidays, open 12-5