Salmon

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 fundamental food staple to many, if not all, nations in the Pacific Northwest. As sustenance and nourishment, Salmon is often viewed in connection to regeneration, health, and life. The salmon is regarded as a sacred and highly respected creature embodying resilience, abundance, and the cycle of life. One of the more symbolic associations of Salmon is its connection to the concept of abundance. The annual migration and return of the Salmon to their ancestral spawning grounds can symbolize the cyclical nature of life and the continuous renewal of resources. Salmon can be identified by small pectoral and dorsal fins, scales, and the presence of eggs or roe.
51 items

Spring Salmon Bowl
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

$1,600.00

Before The Snag
Robert Davidson (Haida)

1997Edition /66This print is unframed. Available framed for $6,000 CAD. Please contact the galler...

1997Edition /66This print is unframed. Available framed for $6,000 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.The original gouache painting of Before the Snag was done in 1997 and an edition of 66 prints was released the same year. The painting was part of an exhibition titled “The Abstract Edge” which opened at the Museum of Anthropology and toured to the McCord in Montreal, closing at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in 2004.

$5,000.00

Eagle and Salmon Earrings
Gerren Peters (Nuu-chah-nulth)

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...

$280.00

Salmon Egg Pendant
Val Malesku (Cree)

$90.00

Salmon Bowl
Lorrie Pambrun (Cree)

$1,800.00

Salmon Bracelet
Frank Pollard (Haida)

$600.00

Reflect
Kelly Cannell (Salish)

Edition /78Available framed for $1150 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.

Edition /78Available framed for $1150 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.

$680.00

Salmon Eggs Bracelet
Landon Gunn (Kwakwaka'wakw)

$1,300.00

Salmon Ring
Lloyd Wadhams Jr. (Kwakwaka'wakw)

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

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

$200.00

Bear and Salmon Bracelet
Lloyd Wadhams Jr. (Kwakwaka'wakw)

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.Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. Many myths tell of people taken to the unders...

$300.00

Salmon Bracelet
Lloyd Wadhams Jr. (Kwakwaka'wakw)

$1,060.00

Bear and Salmon Pendant
Lloyd Wadhams Jr. (Kwakwaka'wakw)

This pendant is carved on both sides.Bear is a dominant crest symbol. Bears are closely related t...

This pendant is carved on both sides.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.Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. Many myth...

$450.00

Fisherman's Delight
Robert Davidson (Haida)

Edition /81Available framed for $2,350 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.

Edition /81Available framed for $2,350 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.

$1,800.00

Bear with Salmon Totem Pole
Perry LaFortune (Salish)

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.Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. Many myths tell of people taken to the underse...

$17,000.00

An Ocean's Journey (Salmon) Totem Pole
Gerry Sheena (Salish)

Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. M...

Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. Many myths tell of people taken to the undersea world of the Salmon and return with secret knowledge and powers. Salmon have always been viewed as the life force for Indigenous communities. Salmon is often represented by scales, small fins and striated tail fin.

$30,000.00

SOS: Save Our Salmon Paddle
Gerry Sheena (Salish)

Paddle stand available for $300 CAD. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for fabrication. Contact the galle...

Paddle stand available for $300 CAD. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for fabrication. Contact the gallery directly to order a stand.

$2,600.00

Eternal Connection Paddle
Gerry Sheena (Salish)

Paddle stand available for $300 CAD. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for fabrication. Contact the galle...

Paddle stand available for $300 CAD. Please allow 2 to 3 weeks for fabrication. Contact the gallery directly to order a stand.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.Salmon is fundamental to all c...

$2,600.00

Eagle Napkin Ring
Artist Unknown (Northern Coastal)

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...

$3,500.00

Salmon Bentwood Box
James Michels (Metis)

$200.00

Passage
Kelly Cannell (Salish)

Edition /62Available framed for $800 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Salmon is fundament...

Edition /62Available framed for $800 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly.Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples, and is a symbol of regeneration, health and life. Many myths tell of people taken to the undersea world of the Salmon and return with secret knowledge and powers. Salmon have always been viewed as the life force for Indigenous communities. Salmon is often represented by scales, small fins and striated tail fin.

$380.00