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Height: 28 cm | Length: 38 cm.
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 the powers, Raven could transform himself into any form at will. He loves to tease and to trick.
The 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, the Great Spirit of the sea and the 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.
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).