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The significance of the Eagle in many First Nations stories is that Eagle is used to represent perception and spiritual connection. Eagle feathers and down are sacred: traditionally Shamans believed in their healing powers and used them in a variety of ceremonial and ritual contexts such as honouring a respected guest. Eagle's down symbolized good luck, piece, welcome and friendship.
Haida artist Eric Parnell was born in 1961 in Prince Rupert, B.C. He is a member of the Frog Clan and Eagle Crest of the Masset First Nation of Haida Gwaii. Eric is a self-taught artist, honing his skills though study of ancient designing, and inspiration from artists such as Robert Davidson, Bill Reid as well as many other Northwest Coast artists. The artist says that his goal is to continue to be a small part of the revival and continuity of his people’s traditions. Eric lives primarily in Vancouver, B.C.