Clark County Mural Society recently gave us the opportunity to paint a mural in honor of the Chinook Tribe, in Vancouver Washington. We worked with the vice Chairman of the Tribe to draft the final design. This wall took 7 days from start to finish. Let us know what you think! UPDATE: This mural won First Prize in Clark County Mural Society's Summer of Murals Program! Visit www.ccmurals.org for more info. Thanks!
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Their artwork is always a part of their tools or other usable items, like this bowl with carvings on the end. Teeming Chinook salmon going buck wild in the bowl.
Catherine George here is the Great Great Great Grandmother of the vice Chairman of the tribe who I worked with to design the mural. She was a master basket weaver, as symbolized by her fantastic basket.
Traditional Chinook design often depicts the human figure with features like this. My own interpretation of their design came through here also. They always indicate the ribs of the living, with either triangles or other forms. The number 5 is important in their mystic beliefs, hence the 5 triangles at the top of the head.
This is a portrait of Chief George Allan Charley, who played an important role in saving the Chinook and other Native Northwest Tribes from American Expansion, depicted with knife and ceremonial beads.
Chinook lived in community plankhouses. They were up to 160 feet long, with hundreds of people living in them. Visit plankhouse.org for more info
Quote from Sam Robinson, the vice Chairman of the tribe, who took the time to sit down with me and tell me about his people's history, go through several books, and photocopied lots of photos for reference in the final design