an Alaska Silver Hand artist for three years, I opted for a graphic
genre for the
2009 design. The fresh contemporary rendering
portrays the Pacific Northwest Coast Style design. One side depicts the
sleek clean modern look of a red salmon. The opposite has the traditional
native symbolic and spiritual images of the mythic Raven. After merging
it finishes as an arched jumping “Lady In Red” Salmon.
The tale is a side
view of a large Raven Totem pole. The middle symbol is for Raven stealing
the Sun. To the left are 3 stars topped with a
large Sun. The top right is a side view of the skeletal backbone. Salmon
bones are a part of Celebration of First Harvest. An offering of the
bones are returned to the sea for a guarantee in a bountiful harvest
for the coming year. The salmon head shows one continuous line of the "Circle
of Life" native tribal tattoo.