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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 the powers, Raven could transform himself into any form at will. He loves to tease and to trick.
Killer whale is always regarded with respect and awe by Northwest Coastal people, thus they are subject of much fantasy and superstition. He is the King of the oceans, Great Spirit of the sea and ruler of the underworld. Orca is believed to be the reincarnation of deceased chiefs. He is the guardian of the sea, a symbol of longevity and is a close relation to humans. Legends encourage living in harmony with these great mammals, the Orca is the Guardian of strength and communication.
Eric Parnell is of the Eagle Clan of the Haida Nation. Eric is self taught, but is inspired by traditional Northwest coast design Eric was recently commissioned by Vancouver Native Housing Society to redesign 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. Eric has a strong distinctive style that belies his Haida roots - the double headed raven that is in the outstretched hand of the Raven Dancer on the 'Through the Eye of the Raven' mural on the side of the Orwell Hotel is one of Eric's designs.