Welcome figure "Berry Pickers" -Xwemélch’stn. This art work was created for the entryway to Norgate Elementary School with school wide participation. The Norgate area was once a very important berry picking haven for the local indigenous peoples. The carving depicts a woman gathering berries in her basket. Students participated in carving demonstrations and as part of this project created their own individual art works of fruit filled woven clay baskets with clay.
About the Artist:
Heritage: Skwxwú7mesh – Squamish, Coast Salish. Jody Broomfield was born in North Vancouver, BC and now resides on the traditional village of Xwemelch’stn (Homulchesan) West Vancouver, BC. His family come from the villages of Eslha7an (Uslahawn) & St’a7mes (Stawamus) and they carry the Double Headed Sea Serpent Crest.
Working as a full time artist since 1999, Jody is an expert in the Traditional Coast the Salish Art Forms. He has collaborated on several different projects with diverse organizations including the Royal Canadian Mint, Tom Lee Music, BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities and the Four Host First Nations/VANOC. Many of his artistic creations are featured in public and private collections, locally and internationally.
Mediums: carved wood, etched glass, metal sculpting, clothing, jewelry, painting & prints
Carved wood and ceramic.