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Strength, Courage, Fairness, Introspection
The symbol of strength and possessing many human qualities, the bear is a high ranking figure. The Haida believe that some of their animal totem symbols could transform from animal form to human form and back at will.
A well-known legend is that of a woman who was abducted by a bear. Eventually, she married the bear and gave birth to twin cubs who, in human form, grew up to become powerful chiefs.
As a Crow of the Tlingit tribe, Clifton Fred’s artistic sensibility reflects the views and achievements of his cultural ancestry. As he puts it “through our art I hope we can remind each other of who we were, what we did, and how we felt. If understanding our beginnings enable us to know our ends, then we may find that all cultures have the same origins and therefore the same destiny. Knowing this we can do nothing other than work together.” The art of Clifton Fred is reproduced in collaboration with the artist and royalties are paid to the artist on each item sold.