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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.
Salmon is significant to Northwest Coast people because they have depended on and continue to depend on Salmon to survive. It is the main food source to many people living on the Northwest coast and is a symbol of prosperity, steadfastness and dependability. Salmon represents determination, intuition and respect for tradition.
Gerry Sheena started carving in 1988, and carves almost exclusively in yellow and red cedar. He received much of his training from his brother, Roger Swakum. Since 1998, Gerry has been mentoring youth while creating works of public art. Among these projects is the gateway for the Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and a 21-foot totem pole for a housing complex in Vancouver, BC. In 2017, Gerry became an artist-in-residence at Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge.