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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.
Danika was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1997. She moved to the remote community of Bella Coola in 2009 where she was exposed to the Nuxalk Culture. Attending Acwsalcta School for her high school years, she studied and learned Nuxalk culture, including the songs, dances and art of the Nuxalk Nation. Danika is now an avid painter of Northwest Coast art, mostly in acrylic mediums.
In 2013 Danika attended the Emily Carr University of Art & Design, participating in a “Summer Institute for Teens” taking the Aboriginal Arts Pre-University 4 week program. At the end of the program they had an art exhibition where all the other students in other pre-university programs displayed their work. Danika is a graduate of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, attaining her First Nations Fine Arts Certificate & Diploma.