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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.
Russell is a West Coast Native Artist of the Bear and Wolf Clan. He is from Squamish Nation Village of Uslahan located in North Vancouver, BC.
He began carving on wood at the age of 12, through the inspiration and guidance of his elders. Through the years, Russell has developed his own unique West Coast style, incorporating images of animals and various spirits into his works. Russell’s various woodcarvings include masks, totem poles, plaques, sculptures, talking sticks, bowls and rattles. It is Russell’s intention to continue to learn this valuable part of his cultural heritage and to be able to pass his teachings on to his future generations.