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Longevity, Prosperity, power of song
Killer whale is always regarded with respect and awe by Northwest Coastal people, thus they are subject of much fantasy and superstition. He is the King of the oceans, Great Spirit of the sea and ruler of the underworld. Orca is believed to be the reincarnation of deceased chiefs. He is the guardian of the sea, a symbol of longevity and is a close relation to humans. Legends encourage living in harmony with these great mammals, the Orca is the Guardian of strength and communication.
Victoria Harper was born in 1979, her tribes are Kwakiutl., Carrier and Cree. She started silver work in 1999 in an apprenticeship under her father Charles Harper who had been apprenticed under great Lylod Wadhams in the Mid 1970’s. The other major influences of Victoria’s native designs are from her uncles, they are Douglas and Glen Harper, Paddy Seaweed, Dennis and George Matilpi, all of them are well known for their wood and jewelry carvings.