Canoes And The Journeys

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

2:30 pm

Slide presentation and talk on canoe building, canoe handling and the Canoe Journeys by Shaun Peterson, Steve Brown, Joe Gobin and Jason Gobin. Shaun and Jason are both accomplished Salish artists who have participated in several Canoe Journeys, and have worked with the late Jerry Jones of Tulalip on canoes and related projects. Joe has participated in many canoe borne journeys and ceremonies, beginning when he worked with Jerry Jones on the first new Tulalip canoe for the Paddle to Seattle in 1989. Brown has carved twelve canoes since 1973, in Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska, and has documented these in 35mm slide format.

My name is Hik Stubs my English name is Jason Gobin. I am a member of the Tulalip Tribes. My parents are Tom and Christie Gobin, my grandparents are Bernie and Delores Gobin, Charles and Pat Strid. I was born July 1st 1978 in Everett WA. I have been doing native art work since I was a young boy learning from my grandfather Bernie Gobin and my uncle Joe Gobin. Today my focus has been on the revitalization of the Salish art forms and utilizing it in many different mediums. Currently I am carving, painting, weaving and working in digital media. Two years ago my uncle Joe and I carved our small family canoe the Butterfly. This canoe was used in our first Salmon Ceremony that year. I have been involved in the Salmon Ceremony here at Tulalip all of my life. I have also been a commercial fisherman all of my life. Today, I am the caretaker and one of the skippers for our Tribal canoes here at Tulalip. I have been involved in the canoe journeys since 1997. In the future I would like to carry on the tradition of canoe carving that was brought back to Tulalip by Jerry Jones and my uncle Joe Gobin with the help of Bill Holm in 1988. Also to work with other artist such as Shaun Peterson, my uncle Joe Gobin, Al Charles, and others to revitalize the Southern/Puget Sound salish art form and bring it into the future for the next generations.

Shaun Peterson was born in Puyallup, Washington in 1975. He began pursuing the art of his Native heritage (Puyallup/Tulalip) shortly after graduating high school. Much in the way of his ancestors Shaun sought out the guidance of master artisans to share technique, insight, and discipline to the complex world of Northwest Coast Native Art. Among the first of artists to share his experiences was artist Steve Brown. Brown's curatorial knowledge lent to Shaun's development in being able to characterize the artistic distinctions from one cultural group to the next. All along Shaun's pursuit to media, Shaun has created many works in way of screen printing, painting, wood sculpture, metal, and glass. Quite recently in winter of 2005 Shaun received the Native name which belonged to his Great Grandfather, Qwalsius. In receiving the name by tradition Shaun accepted responsibility to honor not only his immediate family through his creative expression, but the community which he is part of as well as the ancestors who brought the art to where it is now. The artist states " I believe that the art itself has been most responsible for preserving our stories through intrigue and curiosity. Though I work in a variety of media I keep in mind that it's not the media that drives the works themselves but the story or feeling it is supposed to carry to the observer." Shaun also acknowledges the mentors whose influence helped bring him to where he is as an individual which include Greg Colfax (Makah), and Loren White.