MaryJane Ides

Tribe: Makah
Based In: Seattle, WA
Social Media: @maryjdeides / @firstlightdesigns

About the Art
The Lifting the Sky story has a bit in common with Makah traditional terms for ‘The Skatefish’ constellation, which I realize in Vi Hilbert’s telling is not the elk and the hunters (that’s the Big Dipper). I came to the conclusion that The Skatefish is the Little Dipper, with the North Star being its end. The North Star is important for navigating according to the northern direction, and it is important to the Makah people who are ocean-going. The North Star is the tail end of the bila•č (The Skatefish) constellation.