Bear eating Salmon
This Large bear eating a salmon is made out of pine and comes from the cowichan valley
Artist: Leo Mitchell Cowichan Valley
Bear: Bear is a great hunter and symbolizes strength and power. Always treated as a high-ranking guest by many of the cultural groups on the coast, it is also known by for its human-like qualities. The characteristics of the bear that are symbolized in Northwest Coast are a short blunt nose with conspicuous teeth, a protruding tongue, small upright ears and claw-like fore and hind paws.
Salmon: "The Giver of Life." Salmon is an important food source for the people of the Northwest Coast and accordingly always treated with great respect, and is often the crest figure for twins. Salmon is depicted with no teeth, but often with the hooked upper jaw associated with spawning salmon.