Abalone Rectangles - The Earth and Ocean Collection by Copper Canoe Woman
Rectangles & Abalone earrings by Copper Canoe Woman. 2.5” drop. Black acrylic with abalone & 18 kt gold posts. Super light weight. Vina Brown is a Haíɫzaqv and Nuu-chah-nulth scholar. Her Haíɫzaqvḷa name is ƛ̓áqva gḷ́w̓a which means Copper Canoe. Vina discovered her passion for weaving and beading when she was a little girl. Her Haíɫzaqv Aunts' Contessa Brown and Shirley Brown along with other elders within the community would take her out cedar bark and plant harvesting from their traditional territory. From these experiences she was taught the Indigenous values of respect, knowledge, and reciprocity. Vina's mother is Nuu-Chah-Nulth from the Ahousaht First Nation located on Vancouver Island, her late grandmother Elsie Robinson was a Master Nuu-Chah-Nulth weaver as was her Mother Mary Little (Vina's great-grandmother). Both women wove hundreds of basketry pieces over their life-times contributing immensely to the continuation of Nuu-Chah-Nulth art, culture, stories, history, and language. These women set the table for Vina's art and are her foundational inspiration.