Spirit Wrestler Gallery (Vancouver, Canada)

“Canada” Pendant

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  • Medium: copper (photo-etched)
  • Size: 2 × 1.5 inches
  • Reference Code: X140503

The copper shield, or tináa, was an object of wealth and prestige among Northwest Coast First Nations people. It was brought out to display during potlatch, and represented more than just the value of the copper.

Potlatch Dollars jewellery came out of considering the concept of money, like any self-employed artist will do. Tináas once held a money-like value, and today it is dollar bills. A light came on, and Potlatch Dollars were born by superimposing images of money onto copper shields.

—Alison Bremner

Alison Bremner

Tlingit

(1989- )

Alison Bremner is a Tlingit artist born and raised in Southeast Alaska. She delves into her rich and complex culture through paintings, jewellery, drums and regalia.