- Materials: Silver 925 / Sterling Silver
- Width: 1/4" / 6mm
- Size: 7" in length with 3/4" gap / 18cm in length with 2cm gap
- Totem Symbols: Bear, Salmon
- Artists: Victoria Harper
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
- Categories: Bracelets
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.
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.
Victoria Harper was born in 1979, and is Kwakiutl, Carrier and Cree. She started silver work in 1999 in an apprenticeship under her father Charles Harper who had been apprenticed under great Lylod Wadhams in the Mid 1970’s. The other major influences of Victoria’s native designs are from her uncles, they are Douglas and Glen Harper, Paddy Seaweed, Dennis and George Matilpi, all of them are well known for their wood and jewelry carvings.