This pair of sterling silver earrings are hand carved and features the traditional art of the Heil'suk aboriginal tribe located near Bella Bella. These earrings feature a whale carving.
About the Earrings:
- 4.75 cm (1 3/4 in) Long (Silver body)
- 1 cm (1/4 in) Wide (at the widest)
- Carved Earring section is Sterling Silver
- Earring Hooks are made of surgical steel (to help prevent allergic reactions)
- The earrings feature a gentle curved shape
About the artist:
Rob Walsh began carving in the traditional Kwa-Giulth style to teach his children about their Heil’suk heritage. From his origins on the island of Cape Breton, it was beyond imagining that in 1998 he would be ceremoniously adopted by Chief Gary Housty and into the Heil’suck tribe. At the time of his adoption he was given the name Gla-bi-noox which translates to Clam Digger, so given for the enthusiasm he demonstrated while hunting for clams on the beaches near Bella Bella, revealing his Maritime routes.
First trained in the art of carving by Paddy Seaweed, he has now been carving silver jewelry for 25 years. In 2015 he had the special honor of contributing his bracelets by request to the memorial Pot’lach of Chief Housty. Since marrying his wife Rose in 1975, Rob Walsh has been a proud member of the Heil’suk community first in spirit, and then formerly in name. This pride shines in the traditional carvings that bear his mark.