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Power, Vitality, Innovation and Optimism
Helper of man, the Great Eagle of all Native Community, known as the supreme conqueror of the skies. Thunderbird is the largest and most powerful totem of native people. He has horns and his wing beats are said to produce thunder, while lightning flashes from his beak.
To the west coast people this great bird is the most powerful of all the spirits – the personification of “Chief”. Only a chief may wear this symbol.
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.