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
Thunderbird possesses supernatural power and is credited for creating storms. When he blinks, lighting comes out of his eyes, and when he flaps his wings, thunder roars. It hunts and eats Whales by using the two lightning snakes kept under his wings.
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.