- Materials: Copper and Silver
- Width: 3/8" / 10mm
- Totem Symbols: Bear
- Artists: Mike Matilpi
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
- Categories: Rings
The Bear symbolizes strength, independence, learned humility, and teaching. The protector of the animal kingdom. With great power and human like qualities, the Bear is known as the Elder Kinsman and is always treated as a high-ranking guest.
Born to Kwakiutl nation of Alert Bay, B.C., Mike has been carving silver jewellery since 1993. His teacher is his father Charles Harper, a well-known artist who has been carving for over 35 years. Mike has attended Mountain Gems silversmith course and was taught how to set stones using a Bezel setting. The majority of Mike's relatives are also carvers, in some way influenced Mike's work. Just to name a few: Doug Harper, Glen Harper, Les Harper, George Matilpi, Dennis Matilpi, and Paddy Seaweed.