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du’kWXaXa’t3w3l ("Sacred Change for Each Other")

Photo: Susan Cole

du’kWXaXa’t3w3l ("Sacred Change for Each Other")


Susan Pavel (sa'hLa mitSa)

American, born 1968

The formal presentation of this robe at a feast in 2007 demonstrates that new ceremonies are being created for modern times. This is the first Salish mountain goat wool robe to be woven in 100 years.

According to the artist, this robe or blanket is more than just a garment; it is a feminine entity that has come forth to bring many teachings. The “scared change” refers to the revitalization of Coast Salish cultural practices. The wavy lines and zigzags represent the life force, while the dashes are backbones, reminding us to be strong against life’s challenges.

Mountain goat wool, dyes
55 x 85 1/2in. (139.7 x 217.2cm)
Gift of Gayle and Charles Pancerzewski, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Photo: Susan Cole
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, S'abadeb - The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists, October 24, 2008 - January 11, 2009; Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, BC, November, 2009 - March, 2010

Suquamish, Washington, Suquamish Art Museum, Susan Pavel, May 21 - September 5, 2016. No catalogue.

Published ReferencesBrotherton, Barbara, Native Art of the Northwest Coast, A Community of Collectors, Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 2008, p. 148, illus. 125

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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