Cree artist Justin Rivard was born in Nanaimo on October 11, 1964. In 1985, Rivard’s father introduced him to native artist Ray Dumont who suggested he start carving. Rivard took him up on the offer, and began researching his ancestral roots, working in art galleries and spending time in the library analyzing different styles.
Through the 1990s, Rivard found a niche as a jewellery known for making unusual pieces from silver, such as lighter cases and business card holders, as well as some of the lesser seen objects such as cuff links, tie bars and money clips. His Spirit Beads have been exceptionally popular, as they fit the ever popular Pandora and Troll bracelets, and can also be worn with pendants, alone, or even on hair wraps.
Rivard’s work is clean, consistent and generally crafted from a thicker gauge of silver than most artists use. Pendants and rings with semi-precious gem stones are marveled at by collectors and other artists alike. Rivard has also applied oxidation to pieces, giving them an antiqued quality, and has created many beautiful overlay pieces.
Rivard works in both silver and gold, and silver & gold combinations. If you would like to custom order a piece, please contact us.
Silver & Gold Crescent Moon Pendant by Justin Rivard
Though Moon is not a common crest, it is affiliated with transformation. Mover of tides, Moon is viewed as a very powerful protector and is often associated with Medicine people.
Moon is affiliated with Wolf, as both are considered nocturnal. Moon is also associated with Killer Whale and Lingcod, as it is believed that during the eclipse, the Moon had been swallowed by such sea creatures – so great fires were lit to choke the sea creature until they spat Moon back out into the night sky. Sometimes, Moon has a labret marking on the lower lip to symbolize female energy. Of course the most famous story of all involving the Moon is that of Raven bringing light to the world. For this reason, Raven is often depicted with a full moon in his beak.
MOON STEALS A WOMAN
A woman called Tspilk-ola’k-a and her daughter, Tlaluakoagyilkaka’so, were living together in Tlamnos. The daughter was very beautiful and so the Moon Man resolved to steal her. He descended from the sky and asked Tspilk-ola’k-a for some water. She sent her daughter willingly to the well to get fresh water, but she had scarcely set foot out of the door when the Moon Man seized her and took her up into the sky with him. So Tspilk-ola’k-a became sad and moved to Naue’te. After some time the Moon Man came down again and asked a woman for water. When Tspilk-ola’k-a heard him coming she warned the woman not to go outside because the Moon Man would take her with him. But she didn’t listen to the advice and the Moon Man abducted her when she stepped out of the door. The girl with her container can still be seen in the moon today.
From Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America; A translation of Franz Boas 1895 Edition of Indianische Sagen von der Nord-Pacifischen Kuste Amerikas - ‘Legends of the Tlatlasikwala;’ Page 409
Franz Boas Indian Myths & Legends from the North Pacific Coast of America: A Translation of Franz Boas' 1895 Edition of Indianische Sagen von der Nord-Pacifischen Kuste Amerikas (2006)