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Signs of Lekwungen - Songhees Point Site by Butch Dick


Signs of Lekwungen - Songhees Point Site by Butch Dick
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Artwork DescriptionCulturally significant site to the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. This is one of seven markers created with circular bronze casts of original cedar carvings. This artwork depicts the spindle whorl, a tool traditionally used by Coast Salish women to spin wool - considered to be the foundation of a Coast Salish family. The concept for the base was developed by Heritage Planner Richard Linzey. The base's top is inscribed with the traditional place name, phonetically in Lekwungen as well as English.
Artwork StatementPAH-lu-tsuss means "cradle-board." Traditionally, once infants had learned to walk, their cradles were placed at this sacred headland because of the spiritual power of the water here. More recently, there was a settlement here, and subsequently an Indian reserve that traded with the fort on the opposite shore.

About Butch Dick

Artist BioButch Dick is a master carver trained in fine art and graphic design. He has taught First Nations Art and Culture in School District 61 for more than 20 years and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria, teaching an Indigenous Learning course. Butch Dick also trained his two sons, Clarence Dick Jr. and Bradley Dick in the art of carving. Father and sons work closely together on aboriginal art projects.

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Artwork TypeFirst Nations
MediumCarving: close-grain red cedar was used to carve the whorl. Bronze castings: made as a disk, anchored to a brown powder-coated aluminum pole.
Unveiled dateSeptember 30, 2008
Dimensionssite marker 2.5 metres in height
Reference #3846
SiteSonghees Point in the parkland along Westsong Walkway in front of Delta Ocean Pointe Resort.
Art CategoryCivic Public Art
Selection ProcessCivic: Invitational / Commissioned
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: Victoria West

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