- Materials: Silver 925 / Sterling Silver
- Totem Symbols: Bear, Moon, Salmon
- Artists: Cristiano Bruno Matilpi
- 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 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.
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.
Cristiano Bruno Matilpi
Born in B.C. in 1981 of an Italian father and a first nation mother of Kwakiutl tribe Namsiis in Albert Bay. Raised in Italy for 12 years with early exposure to art and music. By the age 15, he started to learn native carving. With the inspiration and guidance of his uncle Charles Harper, Cristiano has grown as a young artist. He has benefited by the encouragement of his uncle Dennis Matilpi, cousins Mike Matilpi, Carrie Mutilpi. He is enjoying his carving career, loves Hummingbird, wolf, Killer Whale and Eagle.