This item is apart of our Gallery 3 Exhibition, Sqātsza7 Tmicw – Father Land.
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Cast Glass Sculpture Thunderwhorl by Ed NoiseCat, Shuswap and Lil’wat Nations,
Thunderwhorl depicts the great Thunderbird sitting on Frog, underneath a rainbow in a spindle whorl design. Thunderbird was said to reside on Black Tusk Mountain, a place where thunder sits. Frog is a storyteller and a great communicator to the people who tells us of things to come. Frog and Thunderbird remind us that it is important to live in harmony with your neighbors if you wish to experience the beauty of this world.
Sél’seltn- Spindle Whorl (Squamish)
Qáqleqsten- Spinning Wool Instrument (Lil’wat)
The spindle whorl was used to spin animal and bast fibers into yarn for weaving, and was a vital tool for societies that place great value in their textiles. Spindle whorls were often offered as a gift to the weaver and their designs were a labor of love sometimes used to tell family stories. Designs blend together while spinning and it’s possible that this could indicate purification and might have signified the spindle whorl’s importance in transforming wool into wealth.
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