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Doves and pigeons play a variety of different roles in Native American mythology. The Blackfoot tribe associated the dove with protection and safe return from battle, and dove feathers were often carried by war leaders as talismans to help them bring their men back safely. In some Eastern Algonquian tribes, turtledoves were associated with the spirit world and heard at certain times, their cries could be omens of death. To some California Indian tribes, doves represent foolishness and naivete. The Cherokee associate mourning doves with acorns, and for a whimsical reason: the mourning dove's cooing cry sounds like the Cherokee word for "acorn," gule (pronounced similar to gool.)
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 on a regular basis 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 peoples' 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 (shown in the photo above).