Angelo Kalum Cavagnaro is a Nisga’a artist from British Columbia. For his Emerging Artist Scholarship, Angelo worked with a mentor to learn steam bending. His Scholarship artwork, Traveler’s Box, is a painted and carved bentwood chest.
Pictures of Traveler’s Box, Angelo’s Scholarship artwork will be uploaded soon.
Spring Cub Frontlet, 2020
Crow Blanket Bowl, 2020
“Traveler’s Box is a reflection on my journey to the eastern side of Turtle Island. A path to reconnect the trade routes that were interrupted by colonialism. The Grease Trails. Stretching from many ports of the Northwest Coast, the trade routes expanded across North, Central, and South Americas. The red cedar that was steamed and bent far away from its natural habitat is comforted by the Red Oak of the eastern woodlands. The images on the front and back are representatives of the crests I inherited through my mother, which are the grizzly bear, beaver, and eagle. The act of travelling away from my homelands helped me understand the practical aspects of our traditional Northwest Coast art forms and designs, reminders of the patience that is needed when making in different climates.”
– Angelo Kalum Cavagnaro