Haida Raven 2011

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Mischief, cunning, creativity, Magic

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 clam shell. 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.


Eric Parnell is of the Eagle Clan of Haida Nation. Eric is self-taught, but is inspired by traditional Northwest coast design. Eric was recently commissioned by Vancouver Native Housing Society to re-design the Society's corporate identity and logo and was one of many Aboriginal artists commissioned to work on the eagles in the city art installation project.

The double-headed raven in the dancer's upraised hand is an Eric Parnell design. Eric shares his story in the following quote from the "Looking Forward Looking Back" project: "I started my art career kind of slowly. As a child I grew interested in art- just visually fell in love with the art, hanging around older artists who carved rock from Haida Gwaii." "Getting into it at a later age through doodling, somebody saw me drawing, you should start marketing you work.. so that's how I started."

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