S'abadeb / The Gifts
Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists
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.
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"We might keep in mind that scholars, until very recently, relegated Coast Salish art to the bottom of the totem, hardly worth footnoting, they claimed. Thanks to S'abadeb, the tide has turned, and Coast Salish art and artists are being recognized for generating art that can stand the test of time and public and scholarly scrutiny."—American Book Review
"An extraordinary book. . . . [the contributors] have quite simply taken back their own history. . . . Now, with generosity, hospitality and honesty, these artists, scholars and community leaders are inviting us to share their cultural offerings, old and new."—Seattle Times
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