- Materials: Silver 925 / Sterling Silver
- Measurements: 1 3/8" X 1 3/8" / 35mm X 35mm
- Gemstones: Argillite
- Artists: Ding Hutchingson
- Totem Symbols: Eagle, Salmon
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
- Categories: Pendants
The symbol of immortality and wealth, dependability and renewal. The Salmon is the life source, and is always treated with high regard and respect. Many First Nations cultures tell of the Salmon people living in the ocean, who offer their bodies as food to the human world and once their flesh is used they return home to put on new flesh and begin the cycle once again. Their stories teach to honour and respect what is given and to never be too greedy.
A symbol of power, prestige and wisdom. The Eagle is believed to have the greatest connection to the creator and sends messages from the people to the spiritual world. It is a symbol of peace and leadership, the sacred down represents friendship and its feathers are used for ceremonies and rituals.
Argilite is a fine-grained sedimentary rock, often called “black slate”, and is renowned by the Haida nation for carving. The Haida began carving argillite in response to the early curio trade of the 1820's, allowing them to trade with early European explorers and settlers. Soon the artistic accomplishments of the Haida in the use of materials such as wood, horn, and stone included this new medium. While argillite used to be known as a form of tourist art, it has grown to become one of the most sought after art forms in North American First Nations art. Even today, argillite continues to be carved exclusively by Haida artists both on Haida Gwaii and in the Vancouver and Victoria areas.
Born to the Raven Clan of the Skedans, Haida Gwaii. He learned to carve from his uncle who is the chief of Skedans. His crests are the Mountain Goat, Grizzly Bear, Two finned Killer Whale and Moon. After 45 years of creative experience, he has developed exquisite details, unique forms and expression of motifs. His pieces represent the best of Haida design and workmanship.