Humpback Whale Pendant

United States
  • Humpback Whale Pendant, Sterling silver, by Odin Lonning
$110.00
Item No. N42071
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Odin Lonning shows the distinctive fins and tail of the humpback whale in this pendant. The wide-ranging, endangered Humpback whale is the largest animal honored as a crest by Southeast Alaska's Tlingit. In the Tlingit matrilineal clan system, the Humpback whale crest belongs to the Raven moiety, symbolized by the bird head in the body of Odin's design. The Humpback Whale Pendant is about 1⅜ inches wide. Sterling silver, with 24 inch sterling silver chain. Made in USA.

Matching earrings are available.

Odin Lonning shows the distinctive fins and tail of the humpback whale in this pendant. The wide-ranging, endangered Humpback whale is the largest animal honored as a crest by Southeast Alaska's Tlingit. In the Tlingit matrilineal clan system, the Humpback whale crest belongs to the Raven moiety, symbolized by the bird head in the body of Odin's design. The Humpback Whale Pendant is about 1⅜ inches wide. Sterling silver, with 24 inch sterling silver chain. Made in USA.

Matching earrings are available.

  • 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.

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