Aaron Parker

Tribe: Makah
Based In: Sequim, WA
Email: milksoakedcookie@gmail.com

About the Art
The painting Qweti depicts a lush mussel bed at the base of a sea cliff, shrouded with a cloudy gray palette, birds flying in the distance. Cradled and peeking out from one shell above the pool is a tiny, curious figure—the only element of the composition rendered in muted red. According to Makah oral tradition, Qweti, the first human, was born into the world from a mussel shell. Qweti grew to be a powerful and clever trickster, able to produce mountains from a handful of dust or change his rivals into scurrying animals.

This painting was created during the yəhaw̓ mini residency program provided in partnership with Centrum.