Awatin Aboriginal Art
Awatin means Eagle – The philosophy of Awatin Aboriginal Art Gallery in Campbell River is to soar like the eagle and share the rich culture of the indigenous BC North West Coast native peoples with customers worldwide.
Awatin Aboriginal Art is 100% Aboriginal owned partnership of Mowisaht and Mowisuksup. Mowisaht, Ernie Smith is a member of Ehattesaht with proud roots in We Wai Kai. Mowisuksup, Darlene Smith, is also a member of Ehattesaht who originates as an Algonquin from Quebec.
Ernie designs unique pieces creating rings, bracelets, pendants and earrings often fusing silver and gold with stones in unusual settings. All of his designs are engraved with Original Native Artwork. Ernie makes thick bracelets out of silver and even designed one incorporating a heavy chain known as a Cuban chain, this was inlayed with niobium and his favourite: yellow diamond. Ernie occasionally uses a special kind of metal known as Niobium to create his jewellery.