About the Artist:
Odin Lonning was born in Juneau, Alaska. He is Woosh Ke Taan (Eagle/Shark) Clan through his Tlingit mother. He is named after his Norwegian father. At age ten, Odin saw his first traditional dance performance. This motivated him to explore Tlingit art. Local native artists such as Lincoln and Amos Wallace, Johnny Avatok, and Nathan Jackson inspired him, along with the cultural centers and museums in Ketchikan, Haines and Sitka, Alaska.
In 1989, Odin attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. While in Santa Fe, he collaborated with another artist to form Wolfsong Arts. They exhibited in larger powwows, invitationals, and museum shows throughout the West and Midwest.
Seeking a deeper understanding of the culture essential to his artwork, Odin started dancing and learning traditional songs. He danced with the Juneau Tlingit Dancers, Seattle based Ku-Tee-Ya, and the Xudzidaa Kwaan dance group of Angoon, Alaska.
Odin now lives in Seattle where he works on private commissions and cultural presentations for schools, museums, galleries and treatment centers. He recently interned with Tlingit master carver Israel Shotridge to study totem pole carving. Odin also works with Northwest Native Designs, a custom leather furniture company employing the talents of many native artists.
Odin's current works in both traditional and contemporary media include carved wooden boxes, bowls, masks, paddles and totems; painted originals, drums and ceramics; etched glass and copper; appliqué and leather dance regalia; and graphic design for jewelry, fabric and leather furniture.
This is an original, vintage Northwest Coast Native killer whale rattle made by Tlingit artist Odin Lonning. Among Northwest Coast Native peoples, hand drums and rattles are the popular musical instruments. All dance groups use them, and they are vital in ceremonies such as potlatches.
This unique rattle is made of elk hide that was blown up, dried and attached to a beautiful piece of natural, three-point antler. The instrument is decorated with leather and the remnants of feathers. It is in outstanding condition with no scratches or scuffs and remains very tight and “noisy.” It is signed on the bottom by the artist: “Odin Lonning.” A beautiful, detailed figure of the killer whale was carefully applied to the rattle by Lonning, utilizing the classic Northwestern style, traditional colors, and story designs that represent the qualities and values of the Tlingit people.
In Northwest Coast art and culture, the killer whale is a very important crest and mythic being, representing such qualities as strength, dignity, prosperity, longevity, copper, and wealth.
This beautiful piece of Odin Lonning tribal art would make a great addition for any Northwest Coast Native collection.