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Strength, Courage, Fairness & Introspection.
The symbol of strength and possessing many human qualities, the Bear is a high-ranking figure. The Haida believe that some of their animal totem symbols could transform from animal form to human form and back at will.
A well-known legend is that of a woman who was abducted by a Bear. Eventually, she married the Bear and gave birth to twin cubs who, in human form, grew up to become powerful chiefs.
Communication, Stability & Power of Sound.
The frog represents the power of water and sound and is considered the cleaner of the spirit and the voice of the people. As a creature that lives in two worlds, the frog is revered for adaptability, knowledge and power to traverse worlds. The Frog can also be found at the bottom of the Totem Pole, with its legs stretched out, symbolizing stability. Haida people carved Frogs at the base of houses to prevent them from falling over.
A self-taught Haida artist born in Prince Rupert, BC, in 1961, Eric is a member of the Masset Band from the Haida Gwaii Nation. His crest is the Eagle, and his family clan is the Frog. While Eric has always been exposed to Haida art, he only started creating prints and paintings regularly in 2002. Eric cites Bill Reid and Robert Davidson as his primary influences, and most of his pieces reflect classic Haida design. Eric's goal as an artist is to "continue to be a small part of the revival and continuity of our people's traditions." Eric's work includes a 7-feet Eagle's painting on fibreglass for the Eagles in the City Project for BC Lions Children's charity. He also has two limited edition prints currently displayed in the US Embassy: Ethan & Isaiah (twin salmons in honour of his twin nephews) and Eagle.