This Orca or Killer Whale Paddle is hand-painted and signed by Northwest Coast artist Maynard Johnny Jr. from the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka'wakw Nations. Maynard Johnny Jr.'s striking, vibrant design features a Killer Whale or Orca chasing a salmon. This yellow cedar paddle is painted in acrylic and Indian ink and also features a strung handle.
The Orca or Killer Whale symbolizes family, romance, longevity, harmony, travel, community and protection. He is said to protect those who travel away from home, and to lead them back when the time comes. Orcas will often stay their whole life with the same pod and raise each calf with care.
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The size is about 62 inches or 157 centimeters long, about 7 inches or close to 18 centimeters wide, and about 1 1/2 inches or 4 centimeters thick at the handle.