January 29, 2008

Chinook art for the children

Preserving Culture Through Art

Artist Draws on Native HeritageThrough a lifetime of artistic endeavors, Funk has thrown himself into a variety of media. Just to name a few, he’s been involved in commercial art, illustrative work, oil paintings, watercolors, screen printing and carving. A common thread through most of his endeavors, though, is the inspiration from his family history and childhood memories of Willapa Harbor and the Chinook Indian Tribe.

“When I’m just sitting and loose drawing things I do Willapa Harbor,” Funk said. “That or dancing bunnies, but that’s for the children.”

Funk has been involved with the Chinook Tribe and the Quinault Indian Reservation since his grandparent’s generation. His father worked on the reservation in the Indian Conservation Corps, which was an organization similar to the Civilian Conservation Corps. More recently, Funk has been a member of the Chinook Tribal Council for two years.

The 2,000-member Chinook Tribe, based near Astoria, Ore., is not yet recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, though they are working on reinstatement. Funk said Northwest Indian is a popular art style with local artists, but what makes his art unique is it is drawn specifically from the traditions of the Chinook Tribe.
Comment:  Northwest Indian art is my favorite kind of Indian art, and I like what I see of Funk's style.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I just love Charlie Funks Art style. I appreciate it very much along with his support on the Chinook Tribal Council. Hayu Mahsie, Cheryl Crawford