Alvin Adkins

Alvin Adkins is one of the foremost Northwest Coast First Nations jewellery carvers. His silver and gold work is distinguished by fluid forms that are deeply carved. Adkins' work is always creative, often using multiple animal forms to fill the space of the jewellery.

Adkins started his career as an artist in 1971 and has been counselled by distinguished colleagues that include Bill Reid, Freda Diesing, Robert Davidson, Dempsey Bob and Don Yeomans.

Celebrated for his quality gold and silver jewellery, he is also a talented argillite and wood carver. His silkscreen prints also underscore his attention to detail and imaginative approach to design.

In 2010, Alvin received the esteemed British Columbia Achievement Award for the First Nations Art. In 2013 he was commissioned to carve an 18kt gold bracelet for the Vancouver Opera. With a two inch width, it is the largest bracelet Alvin has carved to date. To honour this achievement, he included the four main crests of the Haida: Eagle, Raven, Killer Whale and Wolf.

Alvin is one of the many Haida artists who, through maintaining the traditional Haida carving style, is preserving his heritage for future generations. 


32 items

Bear Bracelet
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on ...

Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on their hind legs, bridging the human and non-human realms. Their strength and intelligence are universally respected and they are considered to be helping spirits of warriors. Bear is often depicted with a short snout, round paws, stubby tail and bared teeth.

$400.00

Bear Bracelet
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on ...

Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on their hind legs, bridging the human and non-human realms. Their strength and intelligence are universally respected and they are considered to be helping spirits of warriors. Bear is often depicted with a short snout, round paws, stubby tail and bared teeth.

$400.00

Bear Mother Bracelet
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on ...

Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on their hind legs, bridging the human and non-human realms. Their strength and intelligence are universally respected and they are considered to be helping spirits of warriors. Bear is often depicted with a short snout, round paws, stubby tail and bared teeth.

$800.00

Bear Ring
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Rings are available to order in various sizes. Please contact the gallery directly.Bear is a domi...

Rings are available to order in various sizes. Please contact the gallery directly.Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related to humans especially when standing on their hind legs, bridging the human and non-human realms. Their strength and intelligence are universally respected and they are considered to be helping spirits of warriors. Bear is often depicted with a short snout, round paws, stubby tail and bared teeth.

$250.00

Dogfish Pendant
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

“Dogfish is an important crest and mythic being…depictions of Dogfish feature high, domed heads, ...

“Dogfish is an important crest and mythic being…depictions of Dogfish feature high, domed heads, that actually represent the snout; sharp, triangular teeth in a large, downturned, mouth; parallel lines representing gills in the cheeks; large, and round eyes with elliptical pupils…Dogfish images may also feature a hooked, beakish nose, and a separate pair of circular designs representing nostrils, which on sharks are located on the underside of the head” (Shearar 2000: 39). – Understanding Nor...

$250.00

Eagle Bracelet
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is ...

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to hunt whales alone. Eagle may ofte...

$600.00

Eagle Ring
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

"Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology. It is respected for its inte...

"Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology. It is respected for its intelligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both literal and figurative sense. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usually noble characters. Eagle spirits are associated with lofty ideals and the pursuit of freedom. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Eagle may often be depicted with Salmon, one of its favourite foods. Eagle feathers and down are sacred: traditionally, shamans believe...

$1,100.00

Eagle Ring
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is ...

Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to hunt whales alone. Eagle may ofte...

$1,200.00

Eagle Ring
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Rings are available to order in various sizes. Please contact the gallery directly.Eagle is one o...

Rings are available to order in various sizes. Please contact the gallery directly.Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. It is respected for its intel­ligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usu­ally noble characters. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the...

$250.00

Frog Bracelet
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability ...

Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability to traverse worlds. As the primary spirit helpers of shamans, frogs are communicators and often represent the voice of the people. Frogs were often carved at the top of totem poles to symbolize the communication of warnings or impending danger. Frog is generally given large eyes, prominent lips with a projecting tongue and webbed feet.

$600.00

Frog Bracelet
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability ...

Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability to traverse worlds. As the primary spirit helpers of shamans, frogs are communicators and often represent the voice of the people. Frogs were often carved at the top of totem poles to symbolize the communication of warnings or impending danger. Frog is generally given large eyes, prominent lips with a projecting tongue and webbed feet.

$400.00

Frog Earrings
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability ...

Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability to traverse worlds. As the primary spirit helpers of shamans, frogs are communicators and often represent the voice of the people. Frogs were often carved at the top of totem poles to symbolize the communication of warnings or impending danger. Frog is generally given large eyes, prominent lips with a projecting tongue and webbed feet.

$1,450.00

Frog Pendant
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability ...

Frogs are both social, vocal and are associated with the power of transformation and the ability to traverse worlds. As the primary spirit helpers of shamans, frogs are communicators and often represent the voice of the people. Frogs were often carved at the top of totem poles to symbolize the communication of warnings or impending danger. Frog is generally given large eyes, prominent lips with a projecting tongue and webbed feet.

$200.00

Human Pendant
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

$200.00

Hummingbird Wrap Ring
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Rings are available to order in various sizes. Please contact the gallery directly.Hummingbirds a...

Rings are available to order in various sizes. Please contact the gallery directly.Hummingbirds are often described in stories as tiny rainbows. They symbolize love, beauty, wealth and prestige. Hummingbirds are known as a symbol of good luck to anyone who sees them. Hummingbird can be distinguished by a long pointed beak and is often shown alongside floral elements.

$300.00

Hummingbirds Bracelet
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Hummingbirds are often described in stories as tiny rainbows. They symbolize love, beauty, wealth...

Hummingbirds are often described in stories as tiny rainbows. They symbolize love, beauty, wealth and prestige. Hummingbirds are known as a symbol of good luck to anyone who sees them. Hummingbird can be distinguished by a long pointed beak and is often shown alongside floral elements.

$8,000.00

Killer Whale and Raven Bracelet
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, ki...

Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, killer whales are often thought to be the reincarnations of great chiefs and are associated with wealth, unity and travel. Some prominent characteristic traits of Killer Whale are a rounded snout, blowhole, a dorsal fin, pectoral fins and a tail.Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the m...

$1,000.00

Killer Whale Pendant
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, ki...

Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, killer whales are often thought to be the reincarnations of great chiefs and are associated with wealth, unity and travel. Some prominent characteristic traits of Killer Whale are a rounded snout, blowhole, a dorsal fin, pectoral fins and a tail.

$300.00

Killer Whale Ring
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Rings are available to order in various sizes. Please contact the gallery directly.The Wolf is re...

Rings are available to order in various sizes. Please contact the gallery directly.The Wolf is respected for its strength, agility, intelligence, and capacity for devotion. Wolf is sometimes an agent of transformation and is a popular figure in crest, story, and shamanic art. Wolf is usually portrayed with a long snout, bushy tail, and prominent paws.

$250.00

Killer Whale Wrap Ring
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Rings are available to order in various sizes. Please contact the gallery directly.Killer Whales ...

Rings are available to order in various sizes. Please contact the gallery directly.Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, killer whales are often thought to be the reincarnations of great chiefs and are associated with wealth, unity and travel. Some prominent characteristic traits of Killer Whale are a rounded snout, blowhole, a dorsal fin, pectoral fins and a tail.

$300.00

Raven Bracelet
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adv...

Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence. Raven is identified by its straight beak and lack of ears or plumage on the head.

$700.00

Raven Cufflinks
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adv...

Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence.

$1,600.00

Raven Earrings
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adv...

Raven is central to coastal mythology. As a culture hero, a transformer, and a trickster, his adventures at the beginning of time released the sun and the moon and brought the world into existence. Raven is identified by its straight beak and lack of ears or plumage on the head.

$300.00

Raven Fin Killer Whale Bracelet
Alvin Adkins (Haida)

Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, ki...

Killer Whales are widely considered clan ancestors. Living in human form in undersea villages, killer whales are often thought to be the reincarnations of great chiefs and are associated with wealth, unity and travel. Some prominent characteristic traits of Killer Whale are a rounded snout, blowhole, a dorsal fin, pectoral fins and a tail.

$600.00