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5 villages of the Makah - Designs by Nytom
5 villages of the Makah

In the territory of the Makah people, their lands were occupied by five separate villages. On the ocean, their property reached as far as the eye could see. The purpose of such a large domain was to feed the people of the five villages all year long. These included De-aht (Neah Bay), Ozette, Ba’eyda, Tsoo-Yess, and Why-atch. To occupy such territory was a big responsibility, having access to the ocean and the broad Strait between home and Vancouver Island. When they enterthe Strait of Juan de Fuca, Europeans found that the Makah controlled traffic in both directions, and they needed to respect the inhabitants and give value for safe travels.

  • 2018
  • Edition of 25
  • 16” by 16”
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Thunderbird Serpent - Designs by Nytom - Artwork
Thunderbird Serpent

Reflections from the Thunderbird myth.

  • 2018
  • 16” by 16”
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Cycle of Life - Designs by Nytom
Cycle of Life

There are many events in nature that represent the cycle of life. Among many coastal tribes, the cycle of life is heralded by the spawning of the salmon each year. Young salmon migrate to their village far out in the ocean, and then after several years at sea endure an arduous journey fraught with dangers to return to their birth waters. The Salmon would always return because the tribes honored the Salmon People in their First Salmon Ceremonies. In doing so, they also teach the people to continue to overcome all odds–to survive and keep their traditional cultures alive.

  • 2013
  • Edition of 50
  • 8” by 22”
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Mathews Medicine Bears - Designs by Nytom
Matthew’s Medicine Bear

The inspirations for creating Nytom’s designs usually comes from interactions with people of many backgrounds. They don’t have to be Native for him to feel their spirit. This design illustrates the transformation of one man’s medicine into a Bear. Many years ago, a friend wandered away from his family. Twenty-two years later he came back. Finding his Medicine Bear helped him to realize how important his two boys were to him, and was reason enough to change his life into one that was becoming of any father. He now has grandchildren.

  • 2008
  • Edition of 50
  • 10” by 21”
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Thunderbird and Women - Designs by Nytom
Thunderbird Woman Transforms

The central figure in this design is a female entity, representing the matriarchal nature of our society. The women of coastal tribes were entrusted to hold, protect and preserve the names, songs and dances of their people. This high honor was bestowed upon women because they were entrusted with giving birth and being the primary caretakers of the children. Light heartedly, it is sometimes said, ‘you often see a Native man walking in front of a Native woman, and that is so the woman can tell the man which way to go.’ From a more serious perspective, it is known that men once lived severe lifestyles as hunters and warriors. It was important to recognize that if anything dreaded happened to the men, women would bear the heavy responsibility of keeping traditional cultures alive and flourishing.

  • 2013
  • Edition of 50
  • 21” by 21”
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Kyuquot Sunset - Designs by Nytom
Kyuquot Sunset

During Tribal Journeys 2009, I met a young man who joined the Kyuquot Canoe Family. He was Principal of the School in our village and was interested in participating in the journey, to paddle with and learn about the people. We had many wonderful conversations, and he shared a teaching that has helped children to relax and pay attention to their lessons. Inviting an elder from the village to share their oral histories gave children a sense of pride and respect for their elders and helped them focus more diligently on their studies. Nytom discovered later that the man had lost his father to cancer and never had the opportunity to say goodbye. Kyuquot sun set was created to commemorate the passing of his father, and to illustrate that as long as remember the teaching of our elders, their spirit will never die.

  • 2009
  • Edition of 50
  • 16” by 16”
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Five Thunderbirds - Limited Edition Print - Designs by Nytom
Five Thunderbirds
  • 2018
  • Edition of 25
  • 16” by 16”
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Whale Hunter - Limited Edition Giclee’ Print - Designs by Nytom
Whale Hunter

The Makah have hunted whales on the open ocean since time and memorial. Whales have provided Makah people with food and valuable raw materials, and the practice continues to be a source of spiritual and ceremonial strength. In 1999, the Makah successfully hunted a grey whale, exemplifying the Makahs’ ability to control their own affairs and revitalize this rich culture as traditional coastal people.

  • 2018
  • Edition of 25
  • 16” by 16”
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John Goodwin
Nytom

Nytom is a Makah Tribal member born in 1948 and raised in the community of Neah Bay. He has a strong sense of family gained from extensive historical knowledge of Makah songs, dances, ceremonies, and rituals. A sense of family helps Nytom understand how the families of Neah Bay came to be and allow him to trace his connections with other First Peoples of the coast.

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