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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.
Danika was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1997. She moved to the remote community of Bella Coola in 2009 where she was exposed to the Nuxalk Culture. Attending Acwsalcta School for her high school years, she studied and learned Nuxalk culture, including the songs, dances and art of the Nuxalk Nation. Danika is now an avid painter of Northwest Coast art, mostly in acrylic mediums.
In 2013 Danika attended the Emily Carr University of Art & Design, participating in a “Summer Institute for Teens” taking the Aboriginal Arts Pre-University 4 week program. At the end of the program they had an art exhibition where all the other students in other pre-university programs displayed their work. Danika is a graduate of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, attaining her First Nations Fine Arts Certificate & Diploma.