Chinookan Art of the Columbia River
Greg A. Robinson
The origins of the Chinook people go back to the dawn of time, when Thunderbird's five eggs cracked open and the first humans emerged, becoming the ancestors of countless generations and contributing to one of the richest storytelling traditions in the world.
The history of the Chinook are deeply entrenched in the stories of the creator Coyote, the trickster Blue Jay, the powerful River Serpents and many other aspects of Tamanawas, the Spirit Power that exists in all things.
Renowned Chinookan carver Greg A Robinson brings this incredible history to the forefront of a Columbia River art revival. His work is exceptionally fine in both detail and execution, and its rich imagery invites us to experience a small part of the Chinookan world, both before and after the arrival of the children of Thunderbird.
Please join us in celebrating Greg Robinson and this powerful group of collected works.
Saturday, December 2: Artist’s Reception 5 - 7 pm
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Greg A. Robinson was born in 1957 and is a member of the Chinook Indian Nation located in Bay Center Washington. The Chinook Indian Nation is a confederation of the five most western tribes, the Lower Chinook, Clatsop, Willapa, Wahkiakum and Cathlamet located in SW Washington State near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Primarily self taught, Robinson has throughout his life had an affinity for wildlife and art, both of which guide his passion for making art. His past and current works in the traditional Chinookan art forms pays tribute to the Columbia River ancestors, to whom art, life, stories, and culture are strongly interrelated. Through his art and instruction he inspires younger generations of Chinookan artists in the region.
Robinson produces work in different mediums in the style of the Chinookan peoples of the middle to lower Columbia River and Willapa Bay. Working primarily in wood, large stone, bone and hide, he draws inspiration and technical knowledge from the study of ancient and contemporary works in private and museum collections, including the Portland Art Museum.
Robinson’s public art commissions are permanently on view at the Multnomah Falls National Scenic Park in Oregon and the Parkersville Historic Park in Camas, Washington.