- Material: Cedar / Acrylic Paint
- Measurements: 16" X 5 1/2" / 40.5cm X 14cm
- Artists: George Matilpi
- Totem Symbols: Killer Whale
- Categories: Masks,Plaques,Totem Poles
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
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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.
George Matilpi was born in Alert Bay, B.C., and is a member of the Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw and Dakelh Nation. He began carving at the young age of 14, coming from a large family of artists and carvers. He was further taught by his half-brother Lloyd Wadhams and his cousin Ned Matilpi, as well as Chief Amos Dawson.
George likes to combine the natural grain of the wood with highlights in traditional colours of red, green and black to bring life to his creations. He is currently a full time carver, creating traditional, innovative and charismatic animal plaques with personality. George also takes the time to teach the next generation of young carvers further insuring the continuation of his culture and heritage.