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The mythical phoenix animal totem is the keeper of the fire in all of creation. It represents transformation, death, and rebirth in its fire. As a powerful spiritual totem, the phoenix is the ultimate symbol of strength and renewal. As both a fire and solar symbol, the phoenix animal guide is symbolic of the sun, which “dies” in setting each night only to be reborn in rising the next morning.
Richard Shorty has designed two of our guest rooms at the Hotel, including the King Salmon Suite, The Story of the Feather Suite and The Story Of the Hummingbird Suite.
Richard Shorty is a self-taught artist, he is Northern Tuchone and his crest is Crow. He began painting in 1981 with encouragement from Heiltsuk artist Ben Houstie. In 1981/82, he started learning Northwest Coast design from the book Looking at Northwest Coast Art, and others. From what he learned, he began to develop his own designs. In 1983, Richard moved to Victoria, BC, to learn from other artists. During this time, Richard picked up on his carving techniques, and began to create a style that was a combination of traditional and realistic Native art. His work also includes original drawings and paintings. In the fall of 2010, Richard helped complete the largest mural in Metro Vancouver. On the side of the Orwell Hotel, at Hastings and Jackson, Richard worked on this 743-foot mural, which represents Vancouver’s urban Aboriginal population and celebrates Vancouver icons.