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The significance of the Eagle in many First Nations stories is that Eagle is used to represent perception and spiritual connection. Eagle feathers and down are sacred: traditionally Shamans believed in their healing powers and used them in a variety of ceremonial and ritual contexts such as honouring a respected guest. Eagle's down symbolized good luck, piece, welcome and friendship.
Jacob B. Lewis is a Coast Salish Native from the Cheakamus Tribe, currently residing in the pristine upper Squamish Valley Reserve, known as Cheekye IR U, located at the head of Howe Sound...
The village of Squamish is situated half way between Vancouver and Whistler, B.C. on Highway 99 in the sea to sky corridor, a 45-minute drive from Vancouver.
Jacob B. Lewis has been carving since high school in 1974. Jacob went directly on to further his art education at Capilano College located in North Vancouver. While continuing his studies for two and a half years, he was fortunate to tour Europe with the Overseas Art History Program. During the six weeks tour, he travelled to France, Holland and Britain. Jacob said his experiences abroad were a real eye opener! He explored the finest museums in the world and as a result of this tour he was inspired to expand his knowledge in contemporary art.
Following the completion of his studies at college, Jacob quickly became a Producing Carver; carving for various mediums on wood, bone, stone and a little bit of everything else.
The majority of Jacob's designs are his own. He uses mainly yellow cedar as his medium and completes his designs in Abalone Shell from New Zealand. The Abalone Shell is known as Paua Shell.
Jacob B. Lewis is an adaptable artist who produces almost everything from Poles, Plaques, Bowls, Masks, Relief's and Modern Abstracts. Various collectors seek out Jacob for commissioned pieces both nationally and internationally.
Jacob B. Lewis has carved for more than a quarter of a century and is a world renowned Master Carver of the Coast Salish Contemporary Art Movement. Jacob's works are found in numerous galleries and private collections in Canada and abroad.