Argillite Plaque Carving Bear- By Pat McGuire
Artist: Pat McQuirw
From: Skidegate, Haida Gwaii
Dimensions: 1”x1.75”x 0.25”
Bear: The 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.
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