Rez Cat Forgives His Enemies - Original Painting

  • Letting go of stress and trauma isn't easy. In this whimsical piece by Louie Gong (Nooksack), Rez Cat celebrates the release of negativity by rising above a toxic melee of wolf or dog mouths. This image is a strong reminder that the relief and joy associated with "letting go" is always available to us, if we choose it.

  • About Rez Cat -  In 2010, Louie adopted a scruffy-looking wild tabby kitten from the Muckleshoot Reservation, where he was working at the time. On his first night at Louie’s house, an exhausted “Rez Cat” curled up in his new litter box and went to sleep, presumably because he was used to sleeping in dirt and gravel. As Rez Cat got older, he would often stay out all night hunting and leave various “presents” at Louie’s doorstop in the morning. Since then, Rez Cat has been a common subject in Louie’s art (and now has a softer bed to rest on). 

    This is the original 18" x 24" painting (spray paint, acrylic, ink pen and wood stain on wool panel) was created for the 2017 Indigenous Comicon. It's is currently on display at our Pike Place Market Store. Additional photos available upon request.

  • Louie Gong (Nooksack), founder of Eighth Generation, is a self-taught artist who was raised by his grandparents in the Nooksack tribal community in northwest Washington. He got his start by painting cultural art on shoes, but realized that creating one-of-a-kind pieces did not provide a sustainable pathway to success, and began applying his artwork to accessibly-priced products. Louie’s unique style merges traditional Coast Salish art with influences from his mixed heritage and urban environment to create work that resonates widely across communities and cultures.

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Category: Hummingbird, Prints


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