- Artists: Artie George
- Totem Symbols: Komogwa
- Categories: Masks,Plaques,Totem Poles
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
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Komogwa also known as Komokwa or Kumugwe, is found in Kwakwaka’wakw and Nuxalk cultures. He is the King of the Undersea World, his name means “wealthy one” and he associated with riches, healing and the ability to foretell the future. It is Komogwa who gives the resources and riches from the tides to the people but he is also the one who controls what the tides take away due to dangerous weather, poor sea harvest and riptides. There are many stories of brave heroes who venture to his underwater kingdom, those who make it are rewarded with gifts of blankets, copper, songs, masks and regalia, and are taught the ways of the sea by Komogwa, they then return bringing the treasure and knowledge to their people.
Artie is great nephew of Chief Dan George of Tsleil-Waututh nation (Burrard Band) and was born in North Vancouver. Both his miniature and full sized wood carvings are original works of art, which providing a fine, esthetic collection and representation of Northwest Coast native art designs. The unique, deeply carved masks, poles, boxes and other forms express Artie’s distinctive style. His art can be found in collections around the world, such as the major aboriginal conversions in Vancouver, Glenbow museum in Calgary, Anthropology museum in UBC.