Monday, November 29, 2010

An excerpt from Dorothy Grant

"All Northwest Coast native peoples have gone through similar assimilation and change. Our elders were constantly giving us the message to adapt to the white man's ways, to speak their language, their laws and religion, etc. It is a recent change where they are opening up old knowledge to us, and as the succeeding generation they have offered us this new cloak to wear."

It is the button blanket. With about a hundred and sixty years of history, it has survived the changes. "To me, it is the symbol of that change" Dorothy Grant (1993).

Doreen J., & Dorothy G. (1993) Robes of Power: Totem Poles on Cloth. Council of Canada: 'Ksan Publication.

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