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This is a hand-carved and painted yellow cedar Black Bear Paddle by Master Carver Bill Henderson from the Kwakiutl or Kwakwaka´wakw Nation.
The Bear Symbol represents strength, family, vitality courage and health. The bear is thoughtful and independent, with little need for fellowship. The bear is also self-contained and strong-willed in nature. A Bear is of great support and comfort to those who crave human company simply for personal reassurance rather than for the simple pleasure of being with friends. He makes lonely periods of life far easier.
Find more information about and examples of The Bear Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.
The paddle is deeply carved. The size is 59 inches or 150 centimeters long, close to 9 inches or 23 centimeters wide, and over 1 inch or 2 1/2 centimeters thick.
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