This Orca or Whale Dorsal Fin by Kwagu’ł artist Calvin Hunt is carved in red cedar and painted in red, orange, yellow, and black acrylic.
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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It measures 26 inches or 66 centimeters high and is finished with seven bundles of white horsehair on the fin's back.