Spider's Wife Shawn Aster Tsimshian Alder, paint, horse hair 9" x 5½” x 10"

Spider's Wife

Shawn Aster
Tsimshian

Alder, paint, horse hair
9" x 5½” x 10"
14" with hair

$4400

The Spider's Wife is inspired by the Ts’msyen myth of the' Spider and the Widow’s Daughter.' During a great famine, a young woman married a strange man who taught her and her widowed mother how to spin threads from nettle. Together they created the first fishing nets, which allowed them catch great numbers of Salmon and saved them from starvation. When the young woman moved to the House of the Spider, Mouse Woman told her how to remain a Human, so she could continue to teach her people how to spin and weave nets. 

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