These bold and masculine cufflinks have been created by First Nations artist, Kelvin Thompson. Measuring 7/8″ high by 3/4″ wide and signed by the artist, these oval swivel-bar cufflinks are suitable for both casual and formal occasions. They are made from cast sterling silver and depict the Eagle. Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology. It is respected for its intelligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both the literal and figurative senses. In many regions, Eagle clan families are traditionally the most prominent, and Eagle chiefs the most powerful. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usually noble characters. Eagle spirits are associated with lofty ideals and the pursuit of freedom. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter. Groups of mythical Eagles may gather for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, since, unlike the giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to hunt whales alone. Eagle may often be depicted with Salmon, one of its favorite foods. Eagle feathers and down are sacred: traditionally, shamans believed in their healing powers and used them in a variety of ceremonial and ritual contexts, such as honouring a respected guest. Kelvin carves jewellery in silver and gold, but also creates bowls and masks from alder, maple and cedar. In 1979, he studied under and worked with Barry and Derek Wilson at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, and in 1980 carved a totem pole with Henry Robinson for the Friendship Centre. He has been adopted into Henry’s Haisla family. From oxidizing to intricate cut-out work, Kelvin is always experimenting and trying new things with his jewellery. In addition, he has taught many artists how to carve in silver and gold, and he is passionate about passing skills and information on to younger carvers. From September, 2007 to February, 2008 Kelvin aided Kwakwakawakw/Haida artist Dan Wallace in teaching the first annual Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts Program, which was held at Vancouvers Native Education College. In 2009, Kelvin was commissioned to engrave five cuff bracelets for James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Elton John, and Vicki Gabereau for the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation fundraiser’An Evening with Diana Krall’. Keywords: “native american cufflinks”, “haida cuff links”, “hopi cufflinks”, “navajo cufflinks”. The item “Native American Eagle Cufflinks Sterling Handmade Northwest Coast Indian Jewelry” is in sale since Saturday, December 27, 2014. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Jewelry”. The seller is “artfromabove” and is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Canada
- Artisan: Kelvin Thompson
- Origin: British Columbia
- Tribal Affiliation: Haisla