PROVIDING -A COLLECTION OF FEAST DISHES
A Collection of Hand Carved Feast Dishes and Bowls by selected Pacific Northwest First Nations Carvers
All along the Pacific Northwest Coast of America, indigenous people celebrate an ancient tradition of the feast. This time is a gathering together of families and clans to redistribute wealth and knowledge and to pay tribute to chiefs and elders. Traditional ceremonies such as the potlatch incorporate storytelling and dancing with theatrical regalia and masks as well as generous gifting to all who attend. The focal point of these elaborate and opulent ceremonies is the meals that are provided to all guests by their host family. Ornate serving dishes and food vessels are crafted to hold the contents of the exquisite offerings. From small vessels used to hold prized fish oils, precious fats and greases to larger platters to serve game meat, fish and seafood. Finely crafted baskets and carved bowls were made to hold gathered delicacies such as berries, nuts, seeds, seaweed and roots.
To First Nations people the feast dish represent the generous nature within us all and speak of the gift of giving and providing for your family and community. They are a symbol of abundance and wealth and they celebrate the bounty that mother earth has provided for us.
Please enjoy this collection of modern Feast Dishes that are carved by a selection of First Nations artists from the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada. Available for sale in our Gallery.
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