I will start this entry by stating, this design is an original design based on the style of work I create in which is Coast Salish style indigenous to the Tacoma - Seattle area in Washington state. I began my journey as an artist under a misconception that the totem poles and formline art in the urban areas was something of my heritage only to discover several different origins. The Seahawks logo for example was inspired by a mask the belonged to the Kwakwaka’wakw people of Canada. It is much like the totem pole of Pioneer square that also came from elsewhere. However, those images have long swayed the ideas of many people for decades, myself included on what Native art is in the Seattle area.
It has long been my goal to explore the art of my heritage and be part of a bigger picture, one that includes the exploration of new ideas. When most people think of Native art they think of red and black designs, Indians on horseback hunting buffalo or a totem pole at the waterfront. The Coast Salish of which Seattle is named after Chief Sealth have been overlooked for many years. Knowing this I wanted to create something that would pay respect to the leader in a style of art that comes from a descendant of his nation.
I see today so often things that are 'Native Inspired' but few things Native designed. In doing the work I do and reaching out to friends and colleagues in the same practice I hope to help make that a change for a new generation. Rather than create from outside of the culture I am creating from within it.