This 13" drum by Gyauustees is a depiction of a peyote waterbird.
This 13" drum by Gyauustees is a depiction of a peyote waterbird. On its tail are two killer whales transforming into wolves, then into humans. The transformation is accomplished through praying with the medicine. The prayer transforms into a rainbow with the moon and the road of life. The fire behind it is symbolic of the sun. The waterbird's tail and body form a teepee in which a peyote ceremony is taking place with the moon and morning star above. The elements combine to form balance. Green represents mother earth, forests, and medicine. Purple and blue representing the Chiefs and the sky surrounding and caring for the medicine. White is for snow and clarity. Copper, the spirit and wealth.
Gyauustees was born on what is called Vancouver Island and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. His heritage is Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish, Kwakwakawakw. He won his first contest for artwork in preschool and continues to excel with his artwork.
Gyauustees carves masks, headdresses, boxes, paddles, sculptures, and "anything else there is to carve". He works with wood, antler, soapstone, alabaster, argillite, inlays of shell and precious metals, acrylic and oil paints.
He began carving traditional Nuu-chah-nulth, Makah, Hesquiat, Salish, Squamish traditional styles as well as Kwakwakawakw potlatch masks and totem poles.
In the last 20 years he has focused on developing art through spiritual ceremonies and medicines from the southwestern deserts and South American jungles. These experiences have expanded his creativity and his color senses. He utilizes and embraces the whole spectrum of the rainbow rather than just red, black, green and blue.
As Medicine Chief and Roadman :gyauustees travels extensively, conducting ceremonies and facilitating cultural activities. He also teaches and mentors other artists and has begun sharing through television, radio, music videos, movies and documentaries. His greatest passion is music and has recently released a DVD to share traditional songs of the tribal people.