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Totem Pole by James Bender at Pike Place Market (#72: 15046 bytes)

Skana (Small View)

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by Barry Herem
"Skana" is the Haida word for orca and represents a being of many dimensions. According to Northwest Coast myth, orcas live beneath the sea in houses and villages, where they assume the shape of humans. They can also transform themselves to pass as humans and walk on land among people, mingling in their lives. The shaman riding the dorsal fin of Skana in this image refers to the orca’s traditional role as a spiritual steed, a powerful helping spirit. The salmon in the belly of Skana represents the main food of both the orca and the native people of the Northwest Coast.
Printed on 100% Cotton Archival Stock
Size: 22" x 30" vertical
2 colors
195 in edition
Price: $200
Plus $10 shipping in the USA
Item #: 516
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2009 Chief Seattle Arts
Last modified: November 09, 2014