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The Orca or Whale is known as the guardian of the sea and a symbol kindness. Orcas live in pods or family groups that live and hunt together. It is because of this nature that they are known for their strong sense of family values and unity in numbers.
Gerry Sheena started carving in 1988, and carves almost exclusively in yellow and red cedar. He received much of his training from his brother, Roger Swakum. Since 1998, Gerry has been mentoring youth while creating works of public art. Among these projects is the gateway for the Collingwood Neighbourhood House, and a 21-foot totem pole for a housing complex in Vancouver, BC. In 2017, Gerry became an artist-in-residence at Vancouver’s Skwachàys Lodge.