This Ceremonial Sun Bag is handmade and hand-beaded by Dzawada’enuxw and Tahltan artist Marie Hunt using seed beads, Czech glass beads, and dentalium shells on red and black Melton Cloth.
The Sun Symbol represents life-giving abundance with its warmth radiating healing and peace.
Find more information about and examples of The Sun Northwest Coast First Nations symbol.
The beaded bag’s strap, inspired by her husband, Calvin Hunt’s Mowachaht lineage, depicts Whale hunters with spears in West Coast-style canoes, a whale, and two harpoons. A fifth beaded harpoon is shown at the top of the strap. The strap’s edges are finished in black fabric and decorated with two rows of white seed beads.
“Chiefs or high-ranking individuals typically wear these types of ceremony bags. The elements on the ceremony bag are contemporary interpretations that are rooted in my Tahltan (and Tlingit) and Dzawada’enuxw lineage, as well as Calvin’s Tlingit, Mowachaht and Kwakiutl heritage.
The crest on the front of the bag is the Sun, embellished with yellow and amber seed beads. This crest comes from Calvin’s Tlingit great, great Grandmother, Anisalaga (Mary Ebbetts) from Tongass, Alaska, and from his Grandfather, Dr. Billy, of the Mowachaht.
The secondary designs are the Moon, stars and mountains. An Elder once told me that when you look up into the night sky that is lit up with millions of bright stars, those are our ancestors watching over us. The array of different stars represents our continuous connections to our ancestors."
The inside of the bag is finished in black cloth with a velcro closure.
The bag including the strap measures about 102 cm or 40 inches in length, and is about 8 inches or 20 cm wide.