Southern Resident Tribute Pendant

United States
$115.00
Item No. N42164
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Three pods or family groups of killer whales spend several months of each year in Puget Sound in Washington State. As a tribute to these whales Odin Lonning has designed a pendant and matching earrings with two killer whales, one in the style of the Northwest Indian, one natural. The Southern Resident Tribute Pendant is about 1⅝ inches across. Sterling silver, with 24 inch sterling silver chain. Made in USA.

Three pods or family groups of killer whales spend several months of each year in Puget Sound in Washington State. As a tribute to these whales Odin Lonning has designed a pendant and matching earrings with two killer whales, one in the style of the Northwest Indian, one natural. The Southern Resident Tribute Pendant is about 1⅝ inches across. Sterling silver, with 24 inch sterling silver chain. Made in USA.

  • Odin Lonning

    Odin Lonning (Tlingit name SH NOW TAAN) was born in Juneau, Alaska. He is Woosh Ke Taan (Eagle/Shark) Clan through his Tlingit mother. He is named after his Norweigian father.

    At age ten, Odin saw his first traditional dance performance. This motivated him to explore Tlingit art. Local native artists such as Lincoln and Amos Wallace, Johnny Avatok, and Nathan Jackson inspired him, along with the culture centers and museums in Ketchikan, Haines, and Sitka.

    In 1989 Odin attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While in Santa Fe, he collaborated with another artist to form Wolfsong Arts. They exhibited in larger powwows, juried invitationals, and museum shows throughout the West and Midwest.

    Seeking a deeper understanding of the culture essential to his artwork, Odin started dancing and learning traditional songs. He first danced with the Juneau Tlingit Dancers in 1992, and later with Seattle-based Ku-Tee-Ya Dancers. He currently dances with Xudzidaa Kwaan dance group of Angoon, Alaska.

    Odin lives on Vashon Island near Seattle , where he works on multiple projects and private commissions, does cultural presentations like Keet Shu-ka with his partner for nonprofit groups, museums, schools, galleries, and treatment centers.

  • Southern Resident Tribute
    Odin Lonning's design pairs a classic Tlingit formline killer whale (orca) with a representational orca in a tribute to endangered Southern Resident killer whales. These majestic Orcas inhabit Puget Sound and other inland waters of Washington State and British Columbia. They also roam the west coast from Central California to Vancouver Island. Other distinct communities of killer whales reside in Alaska.
  • Whales
    Whales, a common motif in the art of the Northwest Coast peoples, were the subject of countless stories and legends. One story held that a whale could capture a canoe and drag it and the people aboard down to an underwater Village of the Whales. These people were then transformed into whales themselves. The Haida believed that whales seen near villages were these drowned people trying to communicate with the villagers.

    A Tlingit legend tells that the first orcas (killer whales) were carved from yellow cedar and sent into the ocean with instructions to be friendly towards people. The killer whales guide the Indians towards fish and are helpful except when they are treated discourteously.

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