Raven Finned Killer WhaleDarrel Amos (Haida)
"A Haida legend tells of a seal hunter who happened to spear a small killer whale. He was at once surrounded by the herd, who threatened to kill him unless he paid for the death of the young whale, who was the son of their chief. The hunter gave them food and all that was in his canoe. Demanding more, the whales wanted his spear (an heirloom that brought success in hunting) but he refused to give it up.The Whales then called for their chief to talk with the hunter. Across the water came the chief, a large whale having a tall dorsal fin with a raven perched on top. Finally the hunter gave up his valuable spear and the whales disappeared, but to prevent him from starving, they caused fish to be washed up on the beach. The hunter filled his canoe and returned home. The Raven-Finned Killer Whale became his crest, and a pole was carved to commemorate the event.In front of the house where my great-great-grandmother once lived, there used to be a totem pole named “Raven-Finned Killer Whale." - story as told by Robert Davidson
Medium: Acrylic on paper
Dimensions: 15" x 22"
Location: Satellite Shop at SFU Vancouver Bookstore (Harbour Centre)