Good Tidings by Margaret August
28" x 9"
Edition of 100
“Good tidings” depicts a contemporary otter design inspired by traditional Coast Salish house posts. Originally a canvas painting, Margaret felt compelled to create a contemporary piece in their work after reviewing photographs of house post artifacts. House posts typically show mythical creatures associated with family history, notable ancestors, events which displayed ancestors' spirit powers, or magical privileges of the family. They were also placed into the large winter house orating the long history, wealth and high status of the family. Otters often appeared on Salish house posts, they were considered to bring good messages, and were considered to be trickster figures. Margaret personally sets the intention to persevere in the continuum of Coast Salish traditions."