Northwest Coast
Art Type
Silkscreen on Archival White paper
Signed Limited Edition print # 10 of 60
Size (in)
Paper (H x W): 34 x 27 ¾ in
Size (cm)
Paper (H x W): 86 x 70 cm
Not Framed
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Wildfire’ by Susan Point, O.C., DFA., RCA., D.Litt – First Nations Northwest Coast, Coast Salish Art presented by DaVic Gallery of Native Canadian Arts

Condition:          No condition noted.

Description by Artist:     This design metaphorically represents nature’s forces, conveying the power of nature and the forces beyond our control. This image was created as an artistic expression of the multi-cultural environment unique throughout the world.

In creating this imagery, the phoenix, the eagle, and the thunderbird were incorporated, all of which are universal to the various cultures around the world, and each bird image having different symbolic meanings to each culture and/or religion.

For First Nations peoples along the Northwest Coast of B.C., the thunderbird and the eagle are prominent bird images used within their culture both spiritually and aesthetically, being part of many myths and legends. The thunderbird was the most powerful of all spirits, symbolizing power and strength, a strong and protecting natural force. The eagle is a symbol of power, and its eagle down is a symbol of peace and friendship.

With respect to the mythological phoenix, the phoenix is a powerful symbol and symbolizes different things to the many cultures and religions around the world. As the thunderbird is to First Nations peoples, the phoenix is the ultimate symbol of strength, renewal and resurrection/rebirth. The phoenix animal guide is symbolic of the sun, which dies in setting each night only to be reborn in the rising the next morning. For many indigenous tribes, the phoenix totem is the keeper of the fire in all of creation. In different cultures and beliefs, the myth of the phoenix has a common element, the desire for transformation and overcoming obstacles.

Susan Point

Notes from DaVic Gallery:

The blank sheet of letter-size (8.5” x 11”) paper covering part of the image in the last picture is for size reference.