Bill Helin Printed Orca Velura™ Throw
Blankets have always been an integral part of North American life from their early use as clothing and shelter to their trading value as a form of barter exchange. In honor of these traditions, Kanata has recreated these Tsimshian Life crest designs by Bill Helin on our ultra-soft Velura™ throw.
In Tsimshian culture, each symbol on the Bill Helin Printed Velura™ Throw has powerful meanings:
The Orca has always been regarded with respect and awe by the Indigenous Peoples of the Northwest Coast. He is the subject of many stories. Traditions encourage living in harmony with these mammals. The Orca is given to show respect and awe. It’s the symbol you’d give to someone who brings harmony to your life. It is a popular symbol for romance as Orcas mate for life.
Sharing the language of love through Life Crest Designs.
About the Artist
Bill Helin (WeLaaxum Yout) was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, in 1960. His ancestry is Tsimshian and Norwegian. Both Tsimshian grandparents were Chiefs.
Eagle design, Orca design, Raven design, Wolf design
50″ x 60″
Machine wash separately in cold water on gentle cycle. Tumble dry low heat.
Bill’s many masterpieces are found in collections around the world and have even traveled in outer space. His creative inspirations are portrayed in many different mediums, and his design and artistic abilities have no