This sterling silver bracelet is hand-carved by Haida artist, James Sawyer.
About the Design:
The orca is a symbol of community & family. The killer whale clan has an analogous society to humans under the ocean, here is where the first totem poles & longhouses can be found.
The Haida mythology about boy riding killer whale depicts a man who has to jump on the back of a killer whale to rescue his wife from the underworld.
Material: Sterling silver
Dimensions: 1 1/2 inches wide x 7 inches long (fits wrist sizes from 7.5 - 8.5 inches, for other sizes please contact us for a custom piece)
Meet the Artist:
James Sawyer was born on Haida Gwaii in 1969. He is part of the Skidegate Giidins Clan. His lineage includes his uncle, Doug Wilson, argillite carver and author, and his grandfather, Ike Hans, argillite and wood carver. He is also influenced by fellow Haida artist and friend, Reg Davidson. James grew up in Richmond, British Columbia, and then moved home to Haida Gwaii in 1992. At that point, James started to develop his art skills by learning from the late Pat Wesley.
James started to practice art full time in 1997. Initially his focus was with paddles and graphics, then he began working on the designs for button blankets, vests, and logos. Later he started to work in wood and particularly with the steaming, folding and designing of bentwood boxes with relief carving. Today he primarily works in gold, silver and copper engraved jewellery.
This piece is made by hand. Please expect some minor variation. This craftsmanship is what makes your piece truly unique.
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Celebrate the Artist & their Culture:
These pieces are made by the artist with the intention to be shared & worn by people from all cultures. Wearing jewelry by Indigenous artists is not cultural misappropriation. Wearing jewelry & purchasing art by Indigenous artists celebrates the artist & their artwork, supports their career & promotes cultural awareness & sharing.