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The Hummingbird brings happiness and joy when they return in the spring after a long winter. Hummingbirds is a feminine symbol representing beauty, intelligence, peace and love. In Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations art the Hummingbird is portrayed with a long thin beak, a large round head and large outspread wings. She is often depicted surrounded by fauna, and with beak embedded in a flower. Hummingbird is always portrayed in a profile view.
Tsimshian native artist Bill Helin enjoys a very rewarding career as a creative gold engraver, painter, woodcarver, and book illustrator. He loves to paint mythological images to educate people on the history of the Tsimshian nation and the many stories passed down through his ancestors. His greatest passion however is to spiritually represent and bond individuals together through the use of native Life Crest symbols. The art of Bill Helin is reproduced in collaboration with the artist and royalties are paid to the artist on each item sold.