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Medal Design

Our medal design is borrowed from the indigenous symbol of The Sisiutl or Sea Serpent as painted by Carl Stromquist.

Carl is of Thompson descent. As well, he has been strongly influenced by Northwest Coast Native traditions and culture. Carl is deliberate and focused: Deliberate in his desire to paint with excellence, focused in his quest to earn visions that will generate artwork which honors his Gift of Life and the richness, depth and teachings of the Canadian First Nations. From this journey for truth has come his desire to portray the balance and harmony that exists in the Circle of Life. Carl’s art is influenced by his profound love and respect for nature.

“If we give back to the Circle, the Circle will remain strong.”

© Carl Stromquist, ARTIST, COURTESY OF CANADIAN ART PRINTS AND WINN DEVON ART GROUP, INC

The Sisiutl or Sea Serpent Symbol

The Native Sea Serpent Symbol symbolises protection, incredible power and revival.  It is one of the most powerful symbols in the Kwakwaka’wakw nation. The Sisiutl is a supernatural three headed serpent that possesses powerful shape shifting abilities, and when looked at turned spectators into stone.  Not only can the Sisiutl change shape into a human or animal it can change its shape into a self propelled canoe fed by seals

© Carl Stromquist, ARTIST, COURTESY OF CANADIAN ART PRINTS AND WINN DEVON ART GROUP, INC

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