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22 Feb

Abel “Tribal Reel” by Jon Osiris

Author: Travis
I've said it before, Abel Reels are artwork. The custom finish Abel Reels are treasures. Check out this timelapse photograph video of an Abel "Tribal" Reel being hand painted at Abel headquarters in Camarillo, California. The video was sent to me the other week by Abel President Don Swanson and I believe was painstakingly produced by Scott Cherry. From the Abel Website: Jon Osiris, a Seattle-based artist, has created Pacific Northwest Native American-style fish images that are now being replicated on Abel reels. The images are reminiscent of tribal totem and tattoo art seen throughout Washington, British Columbia and Alaska. Osiris, who grew up camping and fishing in the Pacific Northwest, became “keenly interested in local tribal cultures and beliefs; this interest has grown to encompass the mythology, mysticism and collective knowledge of indigenous peoples worldwide.” “The latest artistic rendering on Abel reels is primarily aimed at models used for steelhead, salmon, Alaska-size trout and Arctic char,” said Don R. Swanson, company president. Osiris’ Native American fish images are representative of the artistic traditions of the Indians in the area. “This tradition is flourishing with younger artists both following and reinterpreting the traditions of the older culture and responding to the newer forces of their present life,” he said. His interpretations on Abel reels are based on the region’s salmon. According to Tsimshian legend, salmon were originally salmon people living in five villages. These five species of salmon represented the villages — Iyai (spring salmon), Mesaw (sockeye), Werh (coho), Stemawn (pink), and Qanees (dog or chum salmon). In early spring, they changed into their fish form and started on their journey, but each group at different times. Salmon was a major food source for all the Northwest Coast peoples, and therefore a major part of their cultures. Native fish images by Osiris may be added to any Abel reel. More Later, T>  

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