Description The salmon symbolizes instinct, determination and persistence, as well as abundance, fertility,prosperity and renewal. The Salmon is also a provider of life. Salmon in pairs is good luck. For thousands of years the Salmon have been the primary food source for the Northwest Coast Native Americans and are highly respected. Some People of the Pacific Northwest coast believed that Salmon are actually immortal Humans who live in villages deep under the ocean. In the spring time the immortal humans put on Salmon disguises and offer themselves as food to the people. After the Salmon were eaten the people would put the full fish skeleton back in the water in belief that the spirit would rise again and turn back into Salmon people, creating the cycle of life.
Lon French, Esquimalt Member Since November 2013 Artist Statement I’m a Haida graphic artist that has been doing
Haida art since the end of 2012. At that time, I
decided I needed to change the direction of my
life. This is when I started learning about my
family from Haida Gwaii. I researched Haida art
and learned the basic forms. Then I started playing with designs and developed my own style. That style has evolved and continues to evolve the more I do. I have tried to stay traditional and have on the most part but feel that to grow as an artist I must be open to change. As I continue on my new path I’ll try new things and learn more about tradition also and that will reflect in my work. Mostly, I’m self taught but I was also initially taught for a short time by George Hunt Jr. at S J Willis Secondary back in the early ‘80s. I hope you enjoy my designs and follow my journey of discovery in the world of Haida art.