Orca Pendant

United States
$110.00
Item No. N1109
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Whales, a common motif in the art of the Northwest Coast peoples, were the subject of countless stories and legends. This rendition by Aleasa James of the Orca, or killer whale, combines three major figures, the killer whale, the eagle, as the dorsal fin, and the raven, as the tail. Sterling silver. The pendant comes with a 24 inch sterling silver chain. The Orca pendant is 1-7/16 inches from Eagle beak to Raven beak. Made in USA.

Whales, a common motif in the art of the Northwest Coast peoples, were the subject of countless stories and legends. This rendition by Aleasa James of the Orca, or killer whale, combines three major figures, the killer whale, the eagle, as the dorsal fin, and the raven, as the tail. Sterling silver. The pendant comes with a 24 inch sterling silver chain. The Orca pendant is 1-7/16 inches from Eagle beak to Raven beak. Made in USA.

  • Orca
    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.

  • Aleasa James
    Aleasa James is a Native American artist who developed her artistic style while living in Southeastern Alaska studying under Tlingit carver Gerald T. James of Auke Bay, and Tsimshian artist/carver Eli F. Milton of Metlakatla.

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