Honoring our Ancestors


Crow Takes Leave of the Family: from a rock painting along the Gorge, recreated in dry point by Lillian Pitt

Acclaimed Pacific Northwest artist Lillian Pitt has loaned artwork to adorn our Opening Session space.

This image from a rock painting along the Gorge, recreated in dry point by Lillian Pitt, became the idea for a limited edition tapestry produced by Pendleton Woolen Mills. According to ancient stories, it recalls a time when people could talk to animals; but when strangers arrived that was no longer so and it was time for Crow to leave the family.

Pitt says, “Regardless of the medium, my work directly relates to and honors my ancestors, my people, the environment and the animals. This maintains my link with tradition and acknowledges the many contributions my ancestors have made to this world.”

Lillian Pitt (born in 1943) is a Native American artist from the Columbia River region of the Pacific Northwest. Her Native American name is Wak’amu (camas root), chosen because it represents a “stubborn plant that won’t let go of the earth”, referring to the long periods of time she spent wandering the hills during her childhood. Pitt is primarily known for her sculpting and mixed media artistry, which focuses on 12,000 years of Native American history and tradition of the Columbia River region.

Death:OK is grateful to the artist for her generous loan of this illuminating piece of art.

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