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Black Bear (Ursus Americanus) Claw, Sterling silver
1.75 x 1.5 x 0.25"
Interior Salish Nation
Interior Salish Nation
Charles McKay was born November 13th, 1960 in Lytton, British Columbia, Canada, which is located in the south-central region of the province. He is a member of the Interior Salish nation and takes the Eagle, revered for its great power and strength, as his family crest symbol.
Although his father, Jerry McKay, taught him the basic skills of attaining depth, intricacy and fine detail, Charles is primarily a self-taught artist. In 1972, he began his artistic career and to this day, Charles upholds a simple, yet refined quality in his artwork.
Charles is a versatile artist who enjoys the challenge of carving in a variety of media. Experienced in the use of wood, leather and antler, he has made such items as leather hair berets, belt buckles and desk objects. Recently he acquired whale teeth from which he creates exquisite sculptures with abalone shell inlay. In addition, Charles McKay and Prescott Shackelly have been collaborating to make flutes of red and yellow cedar. The teamwork of Prescott making and tuning flutes and Charles carving and ornamenting them has created a finished product like no other. Charles McKay continues to push creativity, and as such has become a collectible artist who avidly preserves his cultural heritage for future generations.
The Hawk takes its place in the supernatural spiritual world, inspiring unique designs for masks, rattles and jewelry. For the Haida Nation, it was used to represent the Thunderbird. Often associated with the Sun, the Hawk can be distinguished by its curled beak which curves to meet the tip of the lower jaw.
When the Raven brought light to the world, some versions of the legend say that it was the Hawk who made the Raven drop the box so it opened, releasing the Sun, Moon and Stars into the Universe.
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