Ellen Ka’Kasolas Neel: A Groundbreaking Native American Carver
Ellen “Ka’Kasolas” Neel was an influential Native American totem pole carver that helped pave the way for other female carvers in the world. When she was alive, women were looked down upon and weren't expected to have careers. Yet, she did not let that stop her and led on to become a renowned carver. Neel helped revive the dying artform of totem pole carving and managed to do so during a time of discrimination and financial struggles. She inspired many young people to follow her footsteps including her own children and grandchildren who also became successful carvers. Her legacy lives on because she taught us that no matter who you are, you can accomplish whatever …show more content…
She was not expected to have an education or, later on, a career. Nevertheless, her grandfather taught her to carve. There was a “...long history of women’s marginalization within the sphere of cultural production… Ellen Neel began pushing against these boundaries over ninety years ago when, aged twelve, she began carving” (Smetzer). Being a career woman was not acceptable whatsoever in her time period yet Neel became one anyway. She even dropped out of school to pursue her career and led on to carve for the rest of her life. She married Ted Neel in 1939 and had six children with him. “...she transformed the skills she learned… into a range of materials and forms that enabled her to raise her large family in an era of rampant discrimination” (David). Ellen Neel used her art to create a new life for herself and her family where anyone can do anything they set their mind to. Neel set an example for all those who were struggling because others thought less of them. She taught people to persevere and stick to their …show more content…
She managed to raise a big family of eight paying with only her artwork while also teaching/inspiring others to carve (Diattaart1). Ellen Neel worked hard to keep her large family fed. She did so by doing what brought her joy: carving. After all, it had always been her dream to one day become a prominent member of the artistic community. “If the art of my people is to take its rightful place beside other Canadian art, it must be a living medium of expression - Ellen Neel” (Cliffton and Lynn). She was committed to her dream and eventually opened her own studio where people could purchase her intricately carved pieces. Being a woman, especially a woman of Native American descent, she was not accepted as an artist by many people. Nevertheless, she didn't give up her life’s work and grew to be an extraordinary artist whose work is recognized across the
She documented everyday by her drawings and drew everyday in her camps. Even though they were made to feel invisible there showed resilience and survived made others feel like they did wrong. This shows me that in bad times you can still get through it. In WWII, Mine, a japanese-american and Louie, a prisoner of war were put into camps to make them feel invisible
She was one of many that was chosen to take a test to determine if she could attend at the desegregated school. The test was really difficult and the idea was that if none of the African American children passed, the school could prevent being desegregated for a few more years. She lived five blocks away from an all-white school but had to attend an all-black segregated school several miles away. Her courage showed that no matter what, never give up. She had to face racism and shunning, but she held strong and kept her mind set on a goal.
By reading this you should now know the roadblocks she overcame and her achievements. Next time you look up in the sky, and you see stars, those stars
They later married and life took them to London where they leased a property. However, their marriage was marred by separation and went south due to the infertility of her husband. All the time she was lonely, she spent time perfecting her art of metalworking and woodworking (Corey, 2012). At this time, she spent time assisting the need and doing works of charity. After the death of her husband, she spent more time in charity work and learning her art in wood and metal.
As one of the early activists for First Nations rights, she passed the positive wave and locomotive motion for progress for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights and freedoms. Her selflessness is a testament to her character and morality. Quite often she would work for organisations, services, and people for no money. Her legacy is one of compassion, struggle, and unwavering dedication to helping others. She was a powerful force for change and a shining example of the strength and resilience of the Aboriginal community.
It is the home of many well-known artists and actors. Located throughout the city, many mural art and wall art are placed everything in the city which is like no other. I believe this could have impacted her into becoming interested in art and creating her art such as the Kitchen and Back Yard. She wanted to leave a mark in art history by having others remember her from something that has not been done before. Although, many will think her art is unusual, she created something talks about her life and the way she is able to view art in today’s age.
She grew up in a home that was very supportive and involved in the movement, her parents important figures in their local abolitionist community. Her and her siblings followed in their footsteps- helping out in any way they could. Their home had even been a stop on the Underground Railroad, where they frequently housed and supported escaped slaves. She learned how important action was, her parents' teachings inspiring the ideals of her most famous quote, “It is better to wear out than rust out.” This shows how much her family taught her to value action.
Not with violence, not with words, but with actions. She showed the world what women could do when given the chance. Even today, many people act like they are superior to others because of how they were born, when in reality no one is greater than anyone else for reasons beyond their control. So what would she say to today’s problems?
Though she faced criticism for her fashion choices, which was a huge part of who she was, she did not let it stop her from becoming a trailblazer. She was young, but she was also strong and determined. Her strength allowed her to pave the way and influence many Latinx artists that came after her. The reasons she is so inspirational, especially for other Mexican Americans, were that she had a very charismatic personality, her artistry was unmatched, and her legacy will live on forever.
She overcome traumatic events and accomplished many great achievements.
By showing that she can do that she is setting examples that anyone can do anything they just have to put in the work and never give up not matter what. Like Katherine Johnson known as the woman who loved to count, she also had many other wonderful things in her life like being a wife ,mother, and a right to freedom in history. Her life has inspired many young women around the world to stand for what they want in life and don't hold back and also respect people and make sure they respect