Tsimshian artist Ed Bryant carved this alder killer whale halibut hook. The halibut hook has paua shell inlaid in the eyes of the killer whale. The carving hook is made of deer bone. The halibut hook is 11″ long, 8″ high, and 2″ wide. The price of the halibut hook is $675.

Ed Bryant was born in a small native village, Lax Kw Arms, on the Northwest Coast of BC. Ed has worked with different mediums, including alder, bone, ivory, silver, and copper. He is a half-brother of Henry Green.

Northwest Coast wood carvings and basketry are an important part of Northwest Coast ceremonies. Artists from a wide number of Native nations create wood totem  poles, masks, bowls, rattles, paddles, plaques, and other items. https://schifferbooks.com/products/northwest-carving-tradtns

Totem poles have been a part of most of the villages where bands of people gathered and have lived. The most important traditional poles are raised as memorials to important ancestors, histories, or events. The poles contained the animal and bird crests significant to the family and often dealt with the beginning of family history. The totem poles are erected to be visible within a community.

Masks are carved to represent all forms of life in the real world of the spirit. Animals, sea, and bird creatures make up the majority of the masks. Additionally there are carvings a spectrum of human and spirit masks. Masks also represent the shaman’s spiritual helpers, which he would try to influence in times of need. Sometimes masks are hung in houses to ward off harmful spirits.

Tribal Crafts offers for sale Northwest Coast masks, bowls, totem poles, halibut hooks, and fine spruce root Haida basketry. https://tribalcrafts.com/nwc-wood-carvings/ Many of the items are used in traditional ceremonies.

alder killer whale halibut hood

Ed Bryant   Tsimshian

Killer whale halibut hook

Alder, paua shell, deer bone, & cedar bark- 11 x 8 x 2 inches