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

Raven - Yellow Cedar Paddle

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

"Raven is one of the most important beings in Northwest Coast art and [oral-histories], although the nature of his role varies from one culture to the next, and his predominance diminishes from North to South...The Kwakwaka'wakw attribute the discovery of fire to Raven, along with the operations of the tides and the alternation of day and night... 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: 81, 88). - Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A Guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols

Hand-Carved Yellow Cedar & Acrylic

6"w x 1"d x 24”L



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.