The Sun



The Sun is a symbol of creation and life’s energy.  In some of the stories the Sun is a person, people seek him out looking for assistance and his knowledge of the world.  In many coastal myths, the sun is a metaphor for enlightenment and knowledge.

The Sun can be identified in Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations art as a circle that most often is depicted with a hawk or human face in the center.  Large rays fan out symmetrically in all direction.

Image by Bradon


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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