This item is apart of our Gallery 3 Exhibition, Sqātsza7 Tmicw – Father Land.
Fused Glass Sculpture Bringing The Light by Ed NoiseCat, Shuswap and Lil’wat Nations,
In this piece Ed plays with contrast of light and dark through his portrait of Kumugwe and Raven, juxtaposing them in a spiraling cycle of movement that is the balance of life.
Bringing the Light is based on the mythology of Kumugwe, a powerful being of the land beneath the sea who is associated with extraordinary wealth, and is revered by the Kwakwaka’wakw and Nuxalk Nations.
Kumugwe lives with his wife in an undersea palace made of copper planks guarded by an assortment of sea creatures. It is said that the posts of his house are living sea lions and its doors are like giant snapping mouths, and that within the walls of his palace is hidden great treasure. If a mortal could reach the sea god’s palace alive they would return home as wealthy and powerful man, for Kumugwe can bestow not only wealth but also magical powers.