- Materials: Sterling Silver 925 / Cast
- Gemstones: Abalone
- Measurements: 5/8" X 5/8"" (16mm X 16mm) / Abalone 5/16" X 5/16" (8mm X 8mm)
- Totem Symbols: Sun
- Artists: Carrie Matilpi
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
- Categories: Earrings
Colour of Abalone may vary.
The Sun represents abundance, life, healing, and warmth. Released from a box by the Raven, the Sun Chief inhabits the sky and could only be reached by climbing a chain of arrows. The Sun is often carved on totems and masks and sits atop the tallest totem pole.
Carrie was born in 1976, her tribes are Kwakiutl, Carrier and Cree. She started silver work in 1994 in an apprenticeship under her father Charles Harper who had been apprenticed under great Lloyd Wadhams in the mid 1970’s. The other major influences of Carrie’s native designs are from her uncles, they are Douglas and Glen Harper, Dennis and George Matilpi, all of them are well known for their wood carvings and jewelry engraving.
Carrie creates intricate and delicate pieces, mainly in silver, drawing inspiration from the traditional animals of her nations.