Sterling silver Spirit Bead on chain carved by artist Travis Henry
Small: 3/8" width x 1/4" diameter bead, 16" chain
Large: 3/8" width x 1/2" diameter bead, 18" chain
The hawk is a common animal in the Pacific Northwest, however it is rare to see it depicted in the First Nations art of the region. Hawk is revered for its superior vision and skill in hunting. In some tribes, Hawk is a helping spirit in shamanic practice.
Travis Henry, born in Cowichan, BC on Vancouver Island, has been carving since 1982. He was trained by the Seaweed family, who are well known and respected carvers from Alert Bay. Henry carves his silver and gold jewelry in Kwakwaka’wakw style. Henry also acts as a teacher and guide to younger artists who would like to learn about their heritage and the art of carving in precious metals. Apart from Canada, Henry’s carved jewelry can also be found in collections in Japan, the United States, Europe and Australia. Travis currently lives in Langford, BC with his young growing family.