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Height: 28 cm | Length: 38 cm.
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, peace, welcome and friendship.
Legends credit Raven with releasing the Sun, Moon and stars into the darkness, bringing water and fish, and according to Haida lore, discovering mankind in a clamshell. He assisted the Creator in these works. Raven carries powers, and Raven could transform himself into any form at will. He loves to tease and to trick.
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 peoples' traditions." Eric's work includes a 7-feet Eagle's 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).