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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. 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.