RTCFA No. NA0199
Artist: Chuck Heit Birth: b. 1957
Wood, 35 x 5 in.
Geographic Location: British Columbia
Group / Tribe: Gitxsan
When we opened the /*Sacred Circles*/ exhibition in Kansas City , this "talking stickâ€ was a gift to me from the Gitxsan carving group in Hazelton, BC. Around twenty Gitxsan dignitaries performed an opening for the exhibition, at the end of which they passed this speakerâ€™s staff to me. Over the years, the staff has seasoned, its patina gradually turning from white, newly cut cedar, to a golden brown. To me, it embodied a process of evolution by which a fresh new exhibition gradually turned over the years into a memory of things past. I hope it is remembered as an educational scepter modestly presiding over a museumâ€™s seminal display to the greater glory of American Indian art. â€”Ted Coe <%include Links.Imagev3(class=>'floatright',caption=>'Ted Coe with /*Speaker Staff*/, c. 1977.')%>