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Salmon is a symbol of abundance, wealth and prosperity because Salmon is the primary food source for Northwest Coastal people, representing the ability to provide for your family. Salmon are Supernatural beings who give up their life to feed our people. We hold them in high esteem and honour their return every year. Out of respect, ceremonies are often held by the Northwest Coast people to celebrate the return of the Salmon to their traditional spawning grounds.
Harvey John was born into the Nuu-Cha-Nulth Nation in Nootka, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, in 1953. He learned to carve at the age of 12 from his uncle, Simon John. He now lives in Victoria, BC, where his art has sold to collectors from all over the world. Harvey has made it his life’s mission to continue his family traditions and culture through the creation of fine, hand-carved art. Harvey works in various media, including silver, wood, and argillite.