Kanata presents the Joe Mandur JR Cotton Throw, a vibrant collection of throws featuring the Indigenous artist’s intricate cultural designs.
Recreated in a three-layer throw blanket. The throw is fringed and has the thickness of three layers, providing weight, warmth and comfort — the perfect addition to any home.
Add a touch of vivid energy to any space to brighten your home and intrigue your guests with these unique Indigenous animal designs, all of which have their own individual meaning.
Spirit Bear The Tsimshian people, who have lived with these bears for thousands of years, have a traditional story about the white bears that says Raven made one in every ten black bears white to remind the people of a time when glaciers covered this land and how the people should be thankful for the lush and bountiful land of today.
Many believe the Spirit Bears hold supernatural powers, hence the name “Spirit Bear,” a name that suits its mythical-like presence.
Hummingbird A symbol of joy, love and beauty. The Hummingbird is able to fly backwards, teaching us that we can look back on our past, but that we must not dwell on it — we need to move forward. This creature is the one that opens the heart. When the hurt that caused us to close our hearts gets a chance to heal, our hearts are free to open again.
Killer Whale Always regarded with respect and awe by the Indigenous Peoples of the Northwest Coast, the Killer Whale is the subject of many stories. Traditions encourage living in harmony with these mammals. They symbolize family, romance, longevity, harmony, travel, community and protection. They are said to protect those who travel away from home, and lead them back when the time comes. The Killer Whales live like wolves, and are often referred to as the “wolves of the sea,” because they mate for life and raise each child with care. They also travel in large groups of families, working together to protect all members of their pod.
Wasgo Also known as the “Sea Bear” or “Sea Wolf,” the Wasgo is based on the Tlingit-Haida tradition of Gonakadet the Lazy Son-in-Law. This great creature appears as a half killer whale and a half wolf, with two fins and a wolfs tail, and represents the hard working son-in-law who, at the end of the story, becomes a hero.
About the Artist
Joe Mandur’s talents blossomed after the rebirth of North Coast Indigenous art. His Haida name is 7iidgyaa Kauyss, which means “Our Precious One.” Experienced with the mediums of stone, wood, metal and paper, Joe was surrounded by fine Indigenous carving at an early age. He continues to explore the carved form in both traditional and non-traditional media, always showing a deep respect for traditional elements of Haida design. Art gives voice to the conformist and non-conformist in his personality; his intelligence and wit shine through in his pieces.