Moon Plaque (Small)
Carved by Ralph Shaughnessy Sr.
3.5"h. x 3.5"w. x 0.25"d.
The Moon in the Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw Mythology
The Upper World is the home of Sun, Moon, Stars, the Thunderbird, and the ancestors. It may be reached by a chain of arrows or by a ladder which the visitor climbs. In the sky lives Lelaba'lisela (Going-from-one-end-of-the-World-to-the-other). In a tale Sun, Moon and a girl are his children. Sun and Moon live in a house painted with the design of the sun and the moon to the right and left, with that a thunderbird over the doorway. This house as well as that of the mythical ancestors is called Overhanging-Mountain. At last, the Moon is also responsible for controlling the tides.
About the artist Ralph Shaughnessy Sr.
‘Namgis artist Ralph Shaughnessy was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia. He is self-taught and has been carving his plaques, key chains, and fridge magnets for a number of years. Ralph uses the traditional designs of his ancestors in his carvings. Ralph has not participated in any exhibits but his work is widely distributed throughout the world.
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