- Material: Cedar / Acrylic Paint
- Measurements: 16" X 5 1/2" / 40.5cm X 14cm
- Artists: George Matilpi
- Totem Symbols: Salmon
- Categories: Masks,Plaques,Totem Poles
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
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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.
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.