S'abadeb, The Gifts captures the essence of Coast Salish culture through its artistry, oral traditions, and history. Developed in conjunction with the first extensive exhibition of the art and culture of the Coast Salish peoples of Washington State and British Columbia, the book traces the development of Salish art from prehistory to the present. Sculpture in wood, stone, and bone--including monumental house posts--as well as expertly crafted basketry, woven regalia, and contemporary works in glass, print media, and painting showcase a sweeping artistic tradition and its contemporary vibrant manifestations.
S'abadeb is the Lushootseed term for "gifts" and invokes a principle at the heart of Salish sculpture: reciprocity, both in the public and spiritual domains. This richly symbolic word expresses the importance of giving gifts at potlatches, of giving thanks during first food ceremonies, of the creativity bestowed upon artists and other leaders, and of the roles of the master artists, oral historians, and cultural leaders in passing vital cultural information to the next generations. The theme of S'abadeb and practices of reciprocal exchange in Salish society are illuminated here through the intersection of art with ceremony, oral traditions, the land, and contemporary realities.
Barbara Brotherton is curator of Native American art at the Seattle art Museum. Other contributors are Crisca Biewert, Steven C. Brown, Sharon Fortney, Vi taqseblu Hilbert, Michael Kew, Carolyn J. Marr, Gerald Bruce subiyay Miller, Jay Miller, Astrida Blukis Onat, C. Michael CHiXapkaid Pavel, Qwalsius Shaun Peterson, Susan Point, Wayne Suttles, and Ellen White.
Foreword by Mimi Gardner GatesAcknowledgmentsWelcome from the Tribal ChairsPronunciation GuideSalishan LanguagesMapIntroduction by Barbara Brotherton The Gifts Storied Arts: Lushootseed Gifting Across Time and Space / Vi taqwseblu Hilbert and Jay Miller Kwulasulwut: Teachings of the Past, Treasures of the Future / Ellen White Kwulasulwut Traditional Teachings about Coast Salish Art / Gerald Bruce subiyay Miller and D. Michael CHiXapkaid Pavel The Recognition of Coast Salish Art / Wayne Suttles How Did It All Get There? Tracing the Path of Salish Art in Collections / Barbara Brotherton A Dialogue about Coast Salish Aesthetics / Michael Kew and Susan Point Remembrance / Astrida Blukis Onat Symbols of Identity, Containers for Knowledge and Memories / Sharon Fortney Objects of Function and Beauty: Basketry of the Southern Coast Salish / Carolyn J. Marr Weaving in Beauty, Weaving in Time / Crisca Bierwert More than Transportation: The Traditional Canoes of Puget Sound / Steven C. Brown The Journey Has Just Begun / Qwalsius Shaun Peterson BibliographyContributorsIndexCredits