Lovebird Earrings

United States
$84.00
Item No. N22080E
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This sophisticated design is by Odin Lonning, a Tlingit from Juneau. One earring shows the Raven, with a slight curve to the beak, and the other the Eagle with a sharply curved beak. When these symbols of the two main clans of the Haida are placed side by side they form a heart, matching the Lovebirds Pendant and Lovebirds Necklet. Each earring is 1" long, 3/4" wide. Sterling silver. Made in USA.

This sophisticated design is by Odin Lonning, a Tlingit from Juneau. One earring shows the Raven, with a slight curve to the beak, and the other the Eagle with a sharply curved beak. When these symbols of the two main clans of the Haida are placed side by side they form a heart, matching the Lovebirds Pendant and Lovebirds Necklet. Each earring is 1" long, 3/4" wide. Sterling silver. Made in USA.

  • 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.
  • 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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