This is a hand-carved yellow cedar Raven and Clam Paddle by Patrick Amos from the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation in 2004. The paddle is deeply carved with a textured finish and has 3 abalone inlays. It has been painted in matte blue and black, as well and white and light brown with a shimmered finish.
Mischievous and curious, the Raven plays many important roles in Pacific Northwest Coast Culture. For some, he symbolizes creation, transformation, knowledge, prestige as well as the complexity of nature and the subtlety of truth. He also symbolizes the unknown and shows that every person sees the world in a different way.
Find more information about and examples of The Raven Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.
The size is about 66.5 inches or 169 centimeters long, up to 7 3/8 inches or 18 3/4 centimeters wide, and up to 1 1/4 inch or 3 1/4 centimeters thick.