- Materials: Copper
- Artists: Ding Hutchingson
- Totem Symbols: Killer Whale, Wasco
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
- Categories: Bracelets
Wasco is a sea wolf, a mythological being which appears in Haida legend mixing elements of both whale and wolf. It is said, wolves who were hunting whales in the ocean were caught in a fog and could not find their way back to shore. They decided to remain at sea and became Wasco’s. As they are both wolves and whales they represent strong family ties, community, teamwork and strength.
Killer Whales or Orcas symbolize love of all types, representing romance, loyalty and close ties between family and friends. It offers protection to travelers far from home, helping to guide your journey back. In myth the Orca is closely linked to humans; it is said that those lost at sea are transformed into these whales and have gone to live in a underwater village. Seen as the guardian of the ocean, the Orca is a strong spirit, which symbolizes longevity, resiliency and knowing that you are not alone.
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.