“I realize that the west coast is inhabited by Tufted Puffins but I took the artistic liberty to instead portray Atlantic Puffins (also known as Common Puffins). With his fabulous head, the puffin looks more like the clown from an ‘I Pagliacci’ opera than a bird. How could I not explore the beauty of that fantastic head?”
The Tufted Puffin is found in remote island colonies from the Aleutian Islands to Vancouver Island, with the largest colony found on Triangle Island at the northern tip of Vancouver Island in Kwak-waka’wakw territory. Puffin beaks were used as cultural decoration and noisemakers. The beaks were attached to dance aprons, cloaks and rattles, and were common to objects used by shamans. Puffins with their ability to dive and explore the undersea kingdom were often associated with shamans, and over the years we have seen the puffin depicted on a rattle and as a headdress.
Spirit Wrestler Gallery
47 Water Street
Canada V6B 1A1
Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
3 blocks from Waterfront Station
Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.
Monday to Saturday, open 10-6
Sunday and Holidays, open 12-5
© 2013 Spirit Wrestler Gallery. All Rights Reserved.