Lovebirds Whale's Tail Pendant

United States
  • Lovebirds Whale's Tail Pendant
$115.00
Item No. N1095
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The eagle and the raven, totems of the two largest clans among the Haida and Tlingits, are shown on this whale's tail. Since tribal members must marry outside their own clan, the joint portrayal of these two totems is know as the lovebirds, and is found in many forms. Sterling silver. The pendant comes with a 24 inch sterling silver chain. The Whale's Tail is 1½ inches from tip to tip. Made in USA.

The eagle and the raven, totems of the two largest clans among the Haida and Tlingits, are shown on this whale's tail. Since tribal members must marry outside their own clan, the joint portrayal of these two totems is know as the lovebirds, and is found in many forms. Sterling silver. The pendant comes with a 24 inch sterling silver chain. The Whale's Tail is 1½ inches from tip to tip. Made in USA.

  • 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.

  • Lovebirds
    Haida and Tlingit Indians have two main clans, the Eagles and the Ravens. Traditionally, members of the same clan cannot marry, so marriages typically signify the joining of an eagle to a raven. Eagle and Raven, when linked together, are consequently known as the Lovebirds. The Lovebirds are a popular design for items such as bracelets and rings, given as gifts between couples of these clans.

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