Moon

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions.

Moon is not among the most common crest figures but is frequently depicted in the art of the Northwest Coast. Often holding significant symbolism and depicted in varying forms, the Moon can represent a celestial force that carries both spiritual and practical associations.

To some, Moon is associated with peace and transformation, but on occasion is regarded as a protector and guardian. Many nations associate Moon with a feminine aspect. The Nuu-chah-nulth, whose year is comprised of thirteen lunar years, view Moon as a masculine figure. There is also a Nuu-chah-nulth oral tradition that recounts that lunar eclipses occur when a giant, supernatural Codfish or Lingcod tries to swallow the Moon, thereby momentarily blocking the light. In Nuxálk culture, the Moon appears frequently in the Winter Ceremonies. Most often characterized by humanoid features, Moon can be distinguished from Sun by a lack of prominent rays, instead bearing a rim or halo of design around the circumference. In some instances, a labret in the Moon’s bottom lip indicates feminine associations.
30 items

Salmon People
Margaret August (Salish)

Edition /140 Available Framed for $650 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. "Salmon People i...

Edition /140 Available Framed for $650 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. "Salmon People is a limited edition screen print by Margaret August. The design shows a Coast Salish house post with the face of the moon at the top. The lower part of the design pays tribute to the artist's homeland, where salmon migrate in unison, ensuring prosperity and abundance.House posts were often intricately carved to reflect the values and standing of the home. Margaret adds, "Coast Salish traditions ha...

$250.00

Moon Mask
John Livingston (Non-Indigenous)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions. Moon is not ...

$2,200.00

Moon Pendant
Andrew Williams (Haida)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions. Moon is not ...

$1,500.00

Moon of the Herring
Tim Paul (Nuu-chah-nulth)

Edition 10/35 Available framed for $2,000 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. Indigenous ar...

Edition 10/35 Available framed for $2,000 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics fro...

$1,600.00

Moon Stud Earrings
Meaghan McRae (Gitxsan)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions. Moon is not ...

$180.00

Wolf and Moon Pendant with Topaz
Hollie Bartlett (Haisla)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions. Wolf is a pr...

$660.00

Wolf and Moon Pendant
Hollie Bartlett (Haisla)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions. Wolf is a pr...

$310.00

Strength in Power Bentwood Box
Margaret August (Salish)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions. Thunderbird ...

$1,800.00

Sun and Moon Watch
Val Malesku (Cree)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions.Sun is not a ...

$6,000.00

Wolf and Moon Pendant
Hollie Bartlett (Haisla)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions. Wolf is a pr...

$590.00

Eagle Pendant
Val Malesku (Cree)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions.Eagle is an e...

$100.00

Salmon Moon Earrings
Val Malesku (Cree)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions.Salmon was a ...

$390.00

Wolf and Moon Pendant
Hollie Bartlett (Haisla)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions. Wolf is a pr...

$450.00

Moon Mask
Jim Charlie (Salish)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions.Moon is not a...

$6,500.00

The Light
Don Yeomans (Haida)

Edition /12

Edition /12

$18,000.00

Coming Home
Margaret August (Salish)

Edition /100 Available framed for $550 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. In “Coming Home”...

Edition /100 Available framed for $550 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. In “Coming Home” there are four moon faces, each in a different quadrant. To Margaret August, moons are symbolic of the female energies and the matrimonial lineage. The moon connects her spiritually to her heritage. Margaret says, "this image translates the grandmother's guidance to yourself and to your homelands."

$150.00

Moon Mask
Trace Yeomans (Haida)

Edition 6/12 Mounted on a wood surround. 15" diam including the backing. Indigenous artwork on t...

Edition 6/12 Mounted on a wood surround. 15" diam including the backing. Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range ...

$6,500.00

Hawk Moon Pendant
Bill Reid (Haida)

c. 1971This pendant is stored off-site. To arrange a viewing, please contact the gallery directly...

c. 1971This pendant is stored off-site. To arrange a viewing, please contact the gallery directly.This is a 22kt gold repoussé work by Bill Reid that was made ca. 1971, called Hawk Moon. The pendant is representative of a stage in Reid’s career when he had switched almost exclusively to gold in his jewelry making. It was also around this time that Reid was making some of his most creative and detailed pieces by hand. In 1968 he received a Canada Council grant and moved to London to work on hi...

Moon Pendant
Gilbert Pat (Salish)

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are...

Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist descriptions.Moon is not a...

$60.00

Male Moon Pendant
Gwaai Edenshaw (Haida)

Abalone bale ¼" long Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figure...

Abalone bale ¼" long Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range of sources, including oral histories and artist desc...

$1,900.00

Moon Mask
Trace Yeomans (Haida)

Edition /12 Mounted on a marble surround. 15" diam including the backing. Indigenous artwork on ...

Edition /12 Mounted on a marble surround. 15" diam including the backing. Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through families and have varying meanings depending on the context and association with a nation, clan, or family. The figures depicted in contemporary Northwest Coast Indigenous artwork also have varying meanings but there are some common characteristics from a range...

$7,000.00

Moons Eclipsed
Val Malesku (Cree)

Edition /60 Available framed for $1,100 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. Inspired by fa...

Edition /60 Available framed for $1,100 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. Inspired by famed British artist Damien Hirst’s Spot paintings, Val Malesku created this series of serigraph prints with the Salmon Egg motif, dually representing the Moon. Both Salmon and the Moon are associated with cycles – the cycle of the seasons, cycles of the moon, and the life cycle of the Salmon. Both the Moon and the Salmon have associations with regeneration and renewal.

$450.00

Moons Unleashed
Val Malesku (Cree)

Edition /60Available framed for $1100 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Inspired by famed ...

Edition /60Available framed for $1100 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Inspired by famed British artist Damien Hirst’s Spot paintings, Val Malesku created this series of serigraph prints with the Salmon Egg motif, dually representing the Moon. Both Salmon and the Moon are associated with cycles – the cycle of the seasons, cycles of the moon, and the life cycle of the Salmon. Both the Moon and the Salmon have associations with regeneration and renewal.

$450.00

Back to the '60s
Val Malesku (Cree)

Edition /60Available framed for $1100 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Inspired by famed ...

Edition /60Available framed for $1100 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Inspired by famed British artist Damien Hirst’s Spot paintings, Val Malesku created this series of serigraph prints with the Salmon Egg motif, dually representing the Moon. Both Salmon and the Moon are associated with cycles – the cycle of the seasons, cycles of the moon, and the life cycle of the Salmon. Both the Moon and the Salmon have associations with regeneration and renewal.

$450.00