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Oven Mitt with Raven Design by Bill Helin, Tsimshian
Heavy padded cotton oven mitt with Raven Design by Bill Helin, Tsimshian. The Raven was the first symbol and crest of the Northwest Coasts peoples. As the creator's assistant, he created all things that exist - with mysterious trickery. The mystical bird is a symbol of prestige - a cultural hero.
Tsimshian native artist Bill Helin enjoys a very rewarding career as a creative gold engraver, painter, woodcarver, and book illustrator. He loves to paint mythological images to educate people on the history of the Tsimshian nation and the many stories passed down through his ancestors. His greatest passion however is to spiritually represent and bond individuals together through the use of native Life Crest symbols.