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Wolf can be considered a masculine symbol of leadership and intelligence. He is a leader of the people and shows us strength in relationships and the importance of strong family values. Wolves live and hunt in packs or family groups, so he is a teacher of cooperation, protectiveness and the value of extended families. Wolf shows intense loyalty with a balance of independence. The Wolf is depicted in Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations art as having distinct features including sharp pointed teeth and claws, long snout, pointed ears and a bushy tail. He is always depicted in a profile view.
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.