Northwest Coast Salish Blanket Eagle Crest Handwoven Wool
This is an original hand spun, handwoven, wool Salish Blanket from the Sts'ailes Nation from British Columbia Canada from the Native Territory that includes Harrison Hot Springs, Harrison Lake, Chehalis River and Lake, Lower Lillooet, Northern Stave Lake and Fraser River. Sts'ailes meaning is
The Beating Heart. The language spoken is Halquemeylen.
This blanket depicts the Eagle Crest, with a zig zag pattern it is done with natural colours of the wool, and woven in the typical thick wool weave. It has a long fringe that can be used for hanging with a rod.
It measures 49 x 40 inches, not including the 6 inch fringe. The loomed warp wool is commercially made. This type of blanket was worn over the shoulders, and now for display.
I was told at the time I purchased it, that it was a presentation piece, gifted to a teacher at the Sts'ailes Community School in the early 1980's possibly a bit earlier. It was mentioned it was woven by one of the PAUL sisters. The last name Paul.
Salish weaving has been revived only since the 1960, after the Dark Period of residential schools. Recently at the Museum of Anthropology there has been a exhibition of early Salish blankets from the early 19th century.
I photographed the blanket upside down, then rotated the picture, because of the fringe, that is why it looks a bit unusual.
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