Red Cedar - Hummingbird Paddle - Ross Henderson - Kwakwaka'wakw

Hummingbird - Yellow Cedar Paddle

Ross Henderson (Kwakwaka'wakw)
Regular price CAD $200.00

"The rufous Hummingbird is the most common species in the region, and in some areas these tiny, active, well-loved birds are year-round inhabitants. Hummingbirds [are said to] nest in the unruly hair of Dzunuk'wa the [Kwakwaka'wakw] Wild Woman of the Woods, and fly around her as she walk through the forest... Model paddles, as well as representations of paddles, frequently appear in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art...People use paddles as flags and signals in some ceremonial contexts" (Shearar 2000: 58). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

Hand-Carved Yellow Cedar & Acrylic

6"w x 24”l x 1d


Currently, Ross resides in Fort Rupert, BC. As a teenager he was influenced by his brother, Jonathan Henderson. He works with Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Trevor Hunt, and has been seriously carving since 2002. In 2015, Ross was commissioned through Lattimer Gallery to create a special double-sided paddle to commemorate Rocky Mountaineer Train Tours’ 25th Anniversary. He works in a traditional Kwakwaka'wakw style, and enjoys carving masks, Hamat'sa masks, and paddles.