Gilbert Pat was born in November 1945 in Sardis BC, located in Sto:lo territory of the Fraser Valley. Pat was educated in Mission, but relocated to the ‘Namgis village of ‘Yalis (Alert Bay) as a young man, where he married Francis Shaughnessy. During his time in Alert Bay, Pat was inspired and mentored by well-known carver Lloyd Wadhams Sr of Kingcome Inlet.
Pat developed his own geometric interpretation of coastal form line, and produces clean, consistent, quality pieces of jewellery for an affordable price.
Our most popular of Pat's work includes some delicate horizontal bar pieces that are punched on either end, to be suspended from a link chain. Pat has also designed some gorgeous vertical pendants with the top bent back, rather than having jump hoops to suspend them on chain. Feminine, delicate and shiny, with meaningful motifs, make these wonderful gifts.
His two sons Jason and Jeff are also proficient jewelers who have been deeply influenced by Pat’s style
Moon Spirit Bead by Gilbert Pat
Though Moon is not a common crest, it is affiliated with transformation. Mover of tides, Moon is viewed as a very powerful protector and is often associated with Medicine people.
Moon is affiliated with Wolf, as both are considered nocturnal. Moon is also associated with Killer Whale and Lingcod, as it is believed that during the eclipse, the Moon had been swallowed by such sea creatures – so great fires were lit to choke the sea creature until they spat Moon back out into the night sky. Sometimes, Moon has a labret marking on the lower lip to symbolize female energy. Of course the most famous story of all involving the Moon is that of Raven bringing light to the world. For this reason, Raven is often depicted with a full moon in his beak.
MOON STEALS A WOMAN
A woman called Tspilk-ola’k-a and her daughter, Tlaluakoagyilkaka’so, were living together in Tlamnos. The daughter was very beautiful and so the Moon Man resolved to steal her. He descended from the sky and asked Tspilk-ola’k-a for some water. She sent her daughter willingly to the well to get fresh water, but she had scarcely set foot out of the door when the Moon Man seized her and took her up into the sky with him. So Tspilk-ola’k-a became sad and moved to Naue’te. After some time the Moon Man came down again and asked a woman for water. When Tspilk-ola’k-a heard him coming she warned the woman not to go outside because the Moon Man would take her with him. But she didn’t listen to the advice and the Moon Man abducted her when she stepped out of the door. The girl with her container can still be seen in the moon today.
From Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America; A translation of Franz Boas 1895 Edition of Indianische Sagen von der Nord-Pacifischen Kuste Amerikas - ‘Legends of the Tlatlasikwala;’ Page 409
Franz Boas Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America: A Translation of Franz Boas' 1895 Edition of Indianische Sagen von der Nord-Pacifischen Kuste Amerikas (2006)