- Materials: Silver 925 / Sterling Silver
- Width: 1/2" / 13mm
- Size: 7" in length with 1" gap / 18cm in length with 2.5cm gap
- Totem Symbols: Killer Whale, Thunderbird
- Artists: Mike Matilpi
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
- Categories: Bracelets
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.
The Thunderbird represents protection, power, and strength. He is considered the strongest of the totem animals, possessing supernatural power and credited with creating storms. When he blinks, lighting comes out of his eyes, and when he flaps his wings, thunder roars. He hunts and eats whales by using the two lightning snakes kept under his wings.
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.