Breath of the Killer Whale

Acrylic on Birch Panel

This painting represents a killer whale with a seal in the body. The design shows a killer whale surfacing, with water spouts represented by humanoid figures. The various humanoid creatures surrounding the killer whale are water churning, spraying and splashing.

Our Tlingit people followed the major rivers, the Taku, Stikine, and Nass Rivers, when the glaciers were receding after the last neo-glacial period. When I design our Tsaagweidi clan crest, it almost always tells the story of our migration.

When my designs have half-faces in the movable parts of an animal, it suggests that the animal is traveling, hence the migrations story of my clan begins out of the Nass River. These are important stories that trace our origins.