CLAM - NW Coast Style Design (Meaning)
The shell, as a whole, symbolizes the body of the entire family and a celebration of life. The white panels express the different branchs of the family - each separate but each a part of the whole.
The black border flowing around the shell and each panel implies the never ending cycle of life that binds the family as one. It further denotes the different paths each takes, whether as an individual or as a group, in life’s journey. The paths fork but eventually come together as one.
The eyes are indicative of all family members watching over each other. Helping hands are all around to lend support and love. Oars (paddles) represent guidance from elders to young in hopes the youth will steer toward successful and happy life paths.
The Clam designs on either side of the shell represent elders in the family who share their knowledge and skills with gentle words and caring love. The solid circles are symbolic of the “pearls” of wisdom passed down to each new generation.
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