Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'All My Life: Contemporary Works by Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; August 5, 2005 through March 28, 2010.
View of the artwork on display in 'All My Life: Contemporary Works by Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; August 5, 2005 through March 28, 2010.
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Object description

  • Rick Rivet (M├ętis, birth 1949)
  • Beothuck Mound #6, 1996
  • Acrylic on canvas
  • Canada
  • H: 64 in, W: 91 in, D: 1 1/2 in (H: 162.6 cm, W: 231.1 cm, D: 3.8 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 2000
  • E300513
  • Depicts burial mound from Beothuck tribe that became extinct following contact with Europeans
  • Beothuck culture known for using ocher paint in ceremony

With this burial mound, Rick Rivet pays homage to the Beothuck people, the original inhabitants of Newfoundland, whose communities flourished for several thousand years. The mound's reddish color echoes the Beothuck practice of using ocher to ceremonially paint their bodies and canoes. Above, Rivet portrays shamanic creatures with spiritual connections to the ancestors.