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Waiting for the Tide - Designs by Nytom
Waiting for the Tide

Certain First Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast were great whalers. This design depicts the rivalry between ten whaling brothers. The oldest brother often made his prayers while on a sandbar, waiting for the incoming tide to cover his body. One day, while praying in this manner, his nine younger brothers attacked and killed him. During the fight, the oldest brother vowed that on an incoming tide his blood would find its way to their village. When his prediction came to pass, the people of the village avenged his murder by killing the remaining nine brothers. Many years later, the tragic history of this family was told by the elders at a village community gathering. The great-great-grandson of the brother who had been killed was asked by the elders to return home and take his rightful place among the Chiefs.

  • 2008
  • Edition of 150
  • 16” by 22”
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Cycle of Life - Designs by Nytom
Cycle of Life

There are many events in nature that represent the cycle of life. Among many coastal tribes, the cycle of life is heralded by the spawning of the salmon each year. Young salmon migrate to their village far out in the ocean, and then after several years at sea endure an arduous journey fraught with dangers to return to their birth waters. The Salmon would always return because the tribes honored the Salmon People in their First Salmon Ceremonies. In doing so, they also teach the people to continue to overcome all odds–to survive and keep their traditional cultures alive.

  • 2013
  • Edition of 50
  • 8” by 22”
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Smokehouse - Limited Edition Giclee’ Print - Designs by Nytom
Smokehouse

People on the coast spent the spring, summer and fall gathering sustenance for the long harsh winters. The winter was for singing and dancing. The people gathered in their longhouses and related to one another by remembering and honoring their ancestors and sharing a genealogical relationship with the people of other houses. By naming the house posts, the people remembered their ancestors who were direct descendants of the house that had passed on before.The wolves in the design represent the Warrior Society among some of the coastal First Nations.

  • 2012
  • Edition of 50
  • 14” by 24”
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Pairing Eagles - Limited Edition Giclee’ Print - Designs by Nytom
Pairing Eagles

Eagles mate for life. This design symbolizes the lifetime relationship that Eagles have with each other.

  • 2012
  • Edition of 50
  • 7” by 22”
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Wolves - Limited Edition Giclee’ Print - Designs by Nytom
Wolves

This design is based on one that was created during the last century. Upon returning to Neah Bay after an absence, a friend of Nytom’s shared this one among a collection of designs he once left behind. He has begun using this design for his brand.

  • 2018
  • Edition of 25
  • 8” by 20”
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Man Transforming - Limited Edition Giclee’ Print - Designs by Nytom
Man Transforming

Nine generations ago, First Peoples from Vancouver Island came by canoe to the village of Deeah (now known as Neah Bay) in search of a wife for their Chief. They waited just off the beach, hoping to be invited ashore. After singing in their canoes for a few days, a man threw his harpoon to the beach. Unimpressed, the Makah threw the harpoon back with a herring tied to the end of the shaft. A year later, the people from Vancouver returned to Neah Bay with two whales as gifts. The Makah people gave three women in marriage to the Chief. This was the beginning of blood relations between Nytom’s family and the people of Clayoquot Sound.

  • 2008
  • Edition of 150
  • 10” by 21”
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Mathews Medicine Bears - Designs by Nytom
Matthew’s Medicine Bear

The inspirations for creating Nytom’s designs usually comes from interactions with people of many backgrounds. They don’t have to be Native for him to feel their spirit. This design illustrates the transformation of one man’s medicine into a Bear. Many years ago, a friend wandered away from his family. Twenty-two years later he came back. Finding his Medicine Bear helped him to realize how important his two boys were to him, and was reason enough to change his life into one that was becoming of any father. He now has grandchildren.

  • 2008
  • Edition of 50
  • 10” by 21”
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