The Loon



The Loon is a messenger of the land.  Legend in the Lil’wat Nations tells us that after the great flood, Loon was sent out looking for dry land and brought a willow branch back to the people as a symbol that the flood was receding.

In Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations art, the Loon is depicted as side profile floating on the water with wings back against his body, round head and long flat beak.

Image by Gerald


Animal designs featured on shop.slcc.ca are by various indigenous artists from nations across Turtle Island; these artists have an agreement with Native Nortwest Company to share these designs on their behalf. As an authorized distributor of Native Northwest products, they have extended Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre permission to share these images.

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