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.
58 items

Salmon Ring
Justin Rivard (Cree)

This ring is available to order in various sizes. Please contact the gallery directly for custom ...

This ring is available to order in various sizes. Please contact the gallery directly for custom orders. Custom orders take approximately 6-8 weeks to complete. 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 art...

$450.00

Kwikwetlem Harvest
Maynard Johnny Jr. (Salish)

Edition /100 Available framed for $950 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. Indigenous artwo...

Edition /100 Available framed for $950 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 from a...

$450.00

sk'ug sdang (Two Dog Salmon)
Robert Davidson (Haida)

Edition /97 Available framed for $2,000 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. "Two Dog Salmon...

Edition /97 Available framed for $2,000 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. "Two Dog Salmon is a reminder that the Salmon mysteriously returns each year to lay its eggs. We continually trust the process and that it will continue. We must support and nurture the environment to ensure that we have a future." - Robert Davidson Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Crests have been passed down through fami...

$1,500.00

Synergy
Kelly Cannell (Salish)

Edition /105 Available framed for $1,100 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. Indigenous art...

Edition /105 Available framed for $1,100 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 from...

$580.00

Turning Point - State I
Kelly Cannell (Salish)

Edition /48 Available framed for $1,150 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. Indigenous artw...

Edition /48 Available framed for $1,150 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 from ...

$500.00

Unity
Maynard Johnny Jr. (Salish)

Edition AP /30 Available framed for $1075 CAD. Please contact the gallery directly. Killer Whale...

Edition AP /30 Available framed for $1075 CAD. 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. Salmon is fundamental to all coastal peoples and is a symbol of regen...

$675.00

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

Salmon Trout Head II
Robert Davidson (Haida)

Edition /5 The Salmon trout head is a figure used in Northwest Coast First Nations art in the jo...

Edition /5 The Salmon trout head is a figure used in Northwest Coast First Nations art in the joints of a design or as the frame for an eye. The granite base is 29" wide.   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 I...

$135,000.00

Salmon on Driftwood
Rod Smith (Kwakwaka'wakw)

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.

$900.00

Salish Salmon Charmer
Luke Marston (Salish)

This sculpture tells the story of an infamous Salish Salmon Charmer. The fisherman, although blin...

This sculpture tells the story of an infamous Salish Salmon Charmer. The fisherman, although blind, knew of the most fruitful fishing spots. This piece was carved from old growth red cedar. The three salmon are carved from the same log as the charmer and the base. The removable rattle held in the figure’s left hand is carved from yellow cedar and is fully functional. Indigenous artwork on the Pacific Northwest Coast often incorporates figures and animals that are related to crest symbols. Cre...

$55,000.00