Panel depicting Salmon by Laurence Scow, Kwakwaka'wakw
Panel depicting Salmon by Laurence Scow, Kwakwaka'wakw yellow cedar, pigment 7" high x 22" long x 1.5" deep
To the First Nation cultures of the Northwest coast, the salmon is a symbol of perseverance, self-sacrifice, regeneration and prosperity. For thousands of years, this fish has been the primary food source for coastal people, and is held in high esteem for the important role it continues to play in Northwest coast cultures and ecosystems today.
Laurence Scow was born in 1958 into the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation located at Fort Rupert by Port Hardy, British Columbia. Although he was born into a long line of carvers, Laurence did not start carving until later in life. He began carving in 1985, inspired by the work of Bill Wilson and Larry Hunt. His attention to detail and elegant lines makes each piece a complete work of art.