Whale Carving, Cedar

Canada
$80.00
Item No. 1154
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This cedar carving of a Whale carries on the traditions of the Coastal Salish peoples. Each piece is hand carved from cedar by Dora Edwards, hand painted and adorned with an abalone eye. Each piece is unique. The hand painted coloring can vary, and the whale might face left or right. The carving is signed on the back and has a wire attached for easy hanging. The Whale measures about 13 x 8 x ¾ inches. Hand crafted in Canada.

This cedar carving of a Whale carries on the traditions of the Coastal Salish peoples. Each piece is hand carved from cedar by Dora Edwards, hand painted and adorned with an abalone eye. Each piece is unique. The hand painted coloring can vary, and the whale might face left or right. The carving is signed on the back and has a wire attached for easy hanging. The Whale measures about 13 x 8 x ¾ inches. Hand crafted in Canada.

  • Dora Edwards
    Dora is the daughter of Connie Edwards and Larry James. She was born on Penelakut Island, one of British Columbia's Gulf Islands, in 1985. She learnt the art of carving from her parents, both well-known Coastal Salish carvers, at the age of 14.
  • 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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