- Rick Rivet (Métis, birth 1949)
- Beothuck Mound #6, 1996
- Acrylic on canvas
- 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
- 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.
This large acrylic on canvas is stylistically bisected into an upper and a lower section. The top half is dominated by a dark red semicircle, representing a burial mound, on ground of light shades of purple, orange, pink, yellow and green. The side elevation of a Beothuck canoe is graphically displayed within the red semicircle. els were adapted to both rivers and sea. The lower portion of the work is dominated by white and gray paint with small faint areas of blue. There is a shamanic figure of a supernatural bird in the lower right corner.
- All of My Life, Contemporary Works by Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; August 05, 2005 through March 28, 2010