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Terrence Shorty holds the Wolf as his family crest, and he is the nephew of established Northern Tutchone artist Richard Shorty. While he was born in the Yukon, Terrence currently resides in Vancouver, BC, and paints in his cultural style. He has learned a great deal about Tlingit design and composition through books, but he also trained under artist Calvin Moreburke. Terrence began painting in 2005.
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