Loon is rather rare in North West Coast art which seems a bit strange as there are so many loons living here. Perhaps it is because they spend so much time underwater. He appears as a kind of minor walk on character in a few stories, but nothing of a nature to inspire illustration. We felt that since he is a symbol of Canada we should have a loon bracelet in our collection so we came up with this little guy of which we are quite fond! He is one of those designs that is a full profile and goes all the way around your wrist. I like wearing different creatures on my wrist and exploring how I feel when I wear them. I have the greatest affinity for the Raven, then the Orca. I think when I’m wearing my Loon bracelet I hear them calling to me more often than when I’m wearing Raven or Bear. This is an experiment in mysticism that I am still exploring!
Hand carved sterling Loon Bracelet by Owen Walker .75 inch w/o border
I’ve got some wonderfully sweet memories of sitting up nights feeding my babies on Lummi Island and hearing the Loons… always think of them as keeping me company. Plus experienced waking in the early morning hours on the bank above Lake Pend de ‘O’Reille and seeing the Loons swimming by on the waters edge. Sooo beautiful!
I feel a real connection to them.