- Materials: Silver 925 / Sterling Silver
- Width: 3/8" / 10mm
- Artists: Bill Helin
- Totem Symbols: Moon, Raven
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
- Categories: Rings
The creator, transformer, and trickster. He is mischievous and playful, symbolizing truth, knowledge, and transformation. Raven demonstrates the complexity of nature, and reminds us that not everyone sees the world in the same way. While a trickster, in many myths he is an aid to the creator, acting as the messenger from the sky, clarifying truths for the people, earning him the name “keeper of secrets”. In mythology the Raven released the sun and moon into the sky and discovered mankind in a clamshell.
The Moon is seen in Northwest Coast mythology as a guardian and protector of the people, one of the most powerful beings. He acts as guide, and timekeeper, giving good luck and abundance to the people. The moon is often seen in a Ravens mouth which depicts a creation myth where the Raven releases the sun, moon, and stars into the sky. An eclipse is said to be a Codfish trying to swallow the moon.
Bill is the son of Chief Hy’semass of the Gitgeese tribe from Lax Kw Alaams, B.C. Bill also trained at K’San, B.C.’s well-known Indian Carving School and attended the Gemology Institute of America in California. A versatile artist, Bill enjoys painting, woodcarving and engraving. Whether he works in gold, silver, or on canvas, the legends of his ancestor come alive again. Bill’s designs have been in space-as insignias on the uniforms of the Canadian astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle flight in April 1996.