Enjoy this stunning spawning salmon Northwest Coast formline design limited edition print by esteemed Northwest Coast native artist Norman Jackson of Ketchikan, Alaska.
This print in the traditional primary Tlingit colors of red, white, and black with a pop of green, showcases salmon swimming upriver to lay their eggs and spawn in the freshwater's of Alaskan rivers and streams, a vital source of sustenance for Native tribes and the continuance of life's "circle of life".
Made with high-end heavy rag paper with deckled edges.
- traditional Northwest Coast formline design
- limited edition
- silk screen print
- high-end heavy rag paper
- 23" wide x 19.25" tall
Salmon are some of the smartest animal species in the world. The life cycle of salmon begins when they leave their freshwater spawning home as juveniles and go to the ocean, where they grow and spend their adult lives. 3-5 years later, after adapting to ocean life, the salmon return home to their freshwater habitat, often to the exact same patch of gravel where they were born, to spawn and die. The return trip can take several months and some salmon travel over 2,000 miles up river using their sense of smell to guide them home.
In Northwest Native tradition, the salmon runs were vital parts of every summer, a means of sustenance, prosperity, and a time of celebration in the community.
In Northwest Native artwork and literature, salmon symbolize determination, renewal, fertility, and prosperity.
This high-end art print rolls and recovers well and will be shipped rolled-up in a tube package.
Artist bio included.
About Norman Jackson
Norman G. Jackson is of the Tongass Tlingit of southeast Alaska and was born in Ketchikan, Alaska. His lineage is from his mother who is of the Tongass Tlingit Kaats Hit Bear House of southeast Alaska. His father is Kaagwaantaan Tlingit of Klukwan, Alaska.
Norman studied at the Kitanmax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in Hazelton, B.C. and received advance training in design and carving. He also received training in metal engraving from the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan.
He is a recognized Master Artist in metal engraving by the Alaska State Council on the Arts Master Apprentice Grant and has received numerous honors for his excellence in wood carving. He apprenticed with Master Artists, Dempsey Bob and Phil Janze, and has been invited numerous symposiums on Northwest Coast Native carving. Norman's work is held in major collections, and his work has appeared in exhibits in the US and abroad.
"My style is Tlingit style. It's bold and round. I try to keep it to the traditional level of Tlingit art. It is spiritual, and it has to fit together with the history and the dance. The dance has its connection with the art. If the public understood the art, then everybody would understand our people. That's why I learned that you have to share the art." - Norman G. Jackson