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Height: 30 cm | Length: 23 cm.
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 people's traditions." Eric's work includes a 7-feet Eagle 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).
The Eagle's significance 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, peace, welcome and friendship.
Salmon is a symbol of abundance, wealth and prosperity because it is the primary food source for Northwest Coastal people, representing the ability to provide for your family. Salmons are Supernatural beings who give up their life to feed our people. We hold them in high esteem and honour their return every year. Out of respect, ceremonies are often held by the Northwest Coast people to celebrate the return of the Salmon to their traditional spawning grounds.