Enjoy this stunning Marvin Oliver designed blanket woven by Pendleton Mills.
This original blanket design is titled "Our Rivers Ancestors”. "This blanket is a tribute to our Native Peoples ancestors, the Salmon. We honour and celebrate the Salmons life cycle and return home to their riverbeds after the long and arduous journey at sea. The bottom of the blanket represents the Raven and the top border of the blanket depicts the Eagle (two important family crests). Viewing the blanket from the bottom to the top, the salmon are in the deep, cold depths of the ocean returning to their rivers. The salmon in the middle of the blanket are home in the river preparing their nest for the new generation, represented by the egg. The top band of salmon represents the new generation returning and maturing at sea to complete the vital cycle of life”.
Size: 80 × 64 inches
The Pendleton Woolen Mills has been producing First Nations designed blankets since 1912.
Marvin E. Oliver (1946-2019)
Marvin Oliver is one of the Northwest Coast’s foremost contemporary Native American (Quinault/Isleta-Pueblo) sculptors and printmakers, who has made strides in the art world for the development and recognition of Native American Contemporary Fine Art. "My works are formulated by merging the spirit of past traditions with those of the present… to create new horizons for the future”
Oliver’s career spanned over 45 years, working in a wide range of media, including carvings and sculpture, printmaking, blown glass art, and large-scale public artwork installations. He became renowned for the grand size of his sculptures such as the 26 foot long suspended steel and glass piece ‘Mystical Journey’ at the Seattle Children’s hospital. Oliver’s monumental public works have been installed throughout the state of Washington and the United States, Canada, Japan and Italy.