Dove - Haida Peace

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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.)


Eric Parnell is of the Eagle Clan of the Haida Nation. Eric is self taught, but is inspired by traditional Northwest coast design Eric was recently commissioned by Vancouver Native Housing Society to redesign the Society's corporate identity and logo and was one of many Aboriginal artists commissioned to work on the Eagles in the City art installation project. Eric has a strong distinctive style that belies his Haida roots - the double headed raven that is in the outstretched hand of the Raven Dancer on the 'Through the Eye of the Raven' mural on the side of the Orwell Hotel is one of Eric's designs.

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