Two Wolves at the Dawn of Time

 

Two Wolves at the Dawn of Time deconstructs a 1927 pictograph at the mouth of the Kingcome River in British Columbia to release the traditional and political motivation that occasioned the rock painting. Text and image detail the Canadian Government potlatch ban then in place, the motivation of the Scow family who commissioned the work and they document Dzawada’enuxw artist Marianne Nicholson’s 1989 painting of a giant”copper” pictograph of the wolf Kawadilikala, Gwa’yi village’s origin figure.
 
Two Wolves at the Dawn of Time: Kingcome Inlet Pictographs 1863-1989,
New Star Books, Vancouver, 2001, 240 pages.
 
** I'll be leading a pictograph tour aboard the Misty Isle Cruises on August 24, 2015, sponsored by the Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society.**