Lushootseed Research is pleased to announce the publication of Ron Hilbert č̀adəsqidəb: The Life and Work of a Coast Salish Artist, written by anthropologist Simon Ottenberg, Professor Emeritus of the University of Washington, Department of Anthropology.
Coordination of the project was overseen by Lushootseed Research, directed by Jill LaPointe, the niece of the late Ron Hilbert. The book is rich in biographical information gained from numerous interviews and from the author’s friendship with the artist. Color photographs document the broad range of Hilbert’s work, from watercolor drawings to major installations of cedar and copper. Project activities included the editing of Ottenberg’s draft manuscript, research and selection of artworks by Hilbert, professional photography of the artwork, layout of the manuscript, printing, and distribution. The volume includes 39 illustrations including 35 photographs of Ron Hilbert’s artwork. The book is a unique contribution to the documentation and appreciation of Coast Salish art. This project was made possible with a grant from the 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund.