J35 Tahlequah (pronounced tah-le-KWAH) is the matriarch of the J17 matriline. Tahlequah is one of Princess Angeline's (J-17) offspring. Tahlequah's two living siblings are her brother, Moby (J-44), and her sister, Kiki (J-53). Tahlequah is mother to Notch (J-47) who was born in 2010. Her niece, Star (J-46), is three months older than Notch. With the loss of her mother in 2019, Tahlequah has four family members in her charge.
Tragically, Tahlequah brought world-wide recognition to the plight of the Southern Residents in July 2018 when she carried her deceased calf (Ti-Tahlequah) for 17 days. Joyfully, Tahlequah gave birth to her third calf, Phoenix (J-57) in September 2020. It is hoped Phoenix will grow to be healthy and strong. When I painted this tile, I wanted to show her joy.