Si:em Slhelhni' i tu Sqwiqwmi's (High Ranking Young Woman and Her Wool Dogs)
By Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun. 2020.
Giclee Print, Open Edition. Signed by the artist. H 8.5" W 11"
Just want our wool dogs back.
Traditionally, we as Island Coast Salish people only had access to mountain goat wool for weaving by trade with the mainland. Instead, we had a special breed of little dogs that were incredibly hairy. The packs of wool dogs were kept and passed down matrilineally. The wool dogs were sheared to help constitute fibres for blankets, which are a major form of wealth (one might even say currency) in our culture. They went extinct some time in the early 20th century.