- Categories: Masks,Plaques,Totem Poles
- Totem Symbols: Owl
- Artists: Tyrone Joseph
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
The Owl is highly respected as they are thought to represent the spirit of deceased ancestors, imparting their knowledge and acting as a bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds. Representing wisdom, intuition and sacred knowledge, they will sometimes bring warnings and prophecies to the people.
Tyrone Joseph was born in 1951 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is a member of the Coast Salish Tribe of the Squamish Nation, Capilano Reserve. Tyrone is one of eight creative brothers and, as a result, was inspired to begin carving before 10 years old under the influence of his family and the elders in the community. Tyrone is a self-taught accomplished artist whose attention to detail and traditional style are evident in each piece he creates. He uses red and yellow cedar as his medium to carve plaques, drums, paddles, totem poles, masks and sculptures. Tyrone incorporates many family crest symbols into to his works in the hope to protect his cultural history for upcoming generations.