Description The Raven and Eagle heads represent the two clans of the Haida nation. Marriages were arranged but today most would use the modern interpretation of marriage. For instance, if you are from Raven clan then you would want to marry someone who is from Eagle clan (father's lineage). The Bear in the left wing symbolizes motherhood and grants protection. The Wolf in the left wing symbolizes the beginning of a new family. The Killer whale in the tail symbolizes romance and is believed to give good luck to the person(s) splashed by the tail. The Hummingbird in the centre represents the building blocks of a good marriage: friendship and love. The ring I have coloured copper because in Haida culture copper was considered more valuable then gold. The ring and roses represent love and commitment to each other. May you all find and marry that special someone in your 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.