Raven Haida Style Cuff Bracelet | Native Totemic Silver Jewelry

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  This is a hand-engraved .925 silver American Totemic Indian cuff bracelet. Created by Northwest Coast Native artist, Travis Henry, this is a quintessentially West Coast jewelry item that makes a great gift. Your purchase will come with an artist biography. This cuff bracelet measures 3/4" wide and 6 1/4″ around with a 1″ opening; therefore, it will fit a wrist between 6 1/4" - 6 3/4" in circumference. The shape of the cuff can easily be adjusted, and 6" long fits most average-sized adults. It is signed on the inside.
Travis has been carving since 1982. He apprenticed with Patrick Seaweed for three months in 1987 and also worked with his brother Graham for six years. Travis carves silver and silver/gold combination jewellery including bracelets, rings, pins and pendants. He works in a Kwakwaka'wakw style since he has been living on Vancouver Island for most of his life.

The Raven is an important symbol of the Haida and Tlingit tribes. The Raven is the most famous culture hero of al the Northwest Coast tribes. The Great Ancestral Raven brought sunlight to mankind.

To the Haida, Raven was the Bringer of Light and before Raven the world was nothing more than a gigantic flood. Raven was the Maker of Things, as well as the Transformer, Magician and Healer. Raven was bored of the world being nothing but water and decided to fly as the waters receded. Once Raven became hungry, land was formed so he could land and find food. It was at this point he noticed strange sounds coming from a gigantic clam shell. Confused as to the sound, Raven decided he would begin singing to the clam shell in response to its sound, hoping to calm it with his pleasant sounds. Raven did this because he was a beautiful singer. Finally, a small creature emerged from the clam shell. It had long black hair, a round head, brown smooth skin and two legs like Raven but no feathers. This was the first of the First People.