Final summer season, a fellow strolling on a western Canada seashore found an uncommon carved statue of a determine. He contacted the Royal British Columbia Museum who later introduced that the statue was an archaeologically vital artifact of the indigenous Lekwugen individuals. Here is a link to the museum’s press launch, since eliminated however cached by Google. Shortly after, a neighborhood artist referred to as the native newspaper to report that the carving was really his handiwork from a number of years in the past. From The Guardian:
“It is completely 110% my carving,” Ray Boudreau, told the Times Colonist, sharing pictures of a strikingly related sculpture that he had labored on in 2017[…]
However Lou-ann Neel, head of the museum’s Indigenous curation and repatriation division, has defended the evaluation the sculpture – and feels the general public has been too fast to move judgment.
Different works by Boudreau dot the shoreline south of Victoria, however the space was as soon as a big Lekwungen settlement. “Elders have talked about outdated carved stones prevalent within the space, however curiously, not on this explicit seashore,” she mentioned. An Indigenous artist herself, Neel factors out that the form – broad on one finish and tapering on the different – seems in different Indigenous stone figures discovered within the space.
It was that historical past that prompted the museum archaeologist Grant Keddie to take a position the pillar could possibly be the identical one talked about by Indigenous elders to an anthropologist within the late Eighteen Eighties.
“We do not know if the stone is in its authentic form. We do not know if Mr Boudreau began engaged on a stone that already had a carving on it,” she instructed the Observer. “I feel there’s plenty of questions and issues I might like to speak to him about.”
image: Bernhard Spalteholz by way of Royal BC Museum announcement