Eagle Hunting Salmon Carving
Eric B Mack ''Eagle & Salmon'' Plaque
NOS 1 of a kind, Beautiful, original and signed 14.5 inches long by 7.5 inch wide and 3/4 inch deep with his depiction of ''Eagle catching Salmon'' in the style of the Nuxalk, Bella Coola nation .
This beautiful cedar carving is signed by artist Eric B. Mack.
Traditionally, the culture of the Nuxalk was passed on through their art, but had been through what they call a “Sleeping Period” after the epidemics of disease and clashes with the new world. Now in a period “The Reawakening”, the Nuxalk people are bringing back the arts and customs of their culture for future generations.
The Bella Coola fishers and hunters were also known as the Nuxalk people of Bella Coola, British Columbia. The people were located at the mouth of the Bella Coola River that flowed westward to the Pacific Ocean. The Bella Coola tribe lived off the produce from the river and ocean and constructed their plank houses and dugout canoes from the abundant Red Cedar trees
The Eagle symbolizes grace, power and great intellect. It is a sacred and noble creature representing power and prestige to the First Nations people of the Northwest Coast. It symbolizes wisdom and has a special and direct connection to the creator. Eagles mate for life and are therefore also seen as a symbol of lasting love and dedication. It is told that the Eagle end their own life in despair when the mate is lost. Eagle feathers are used in the most important ceremonies, a display of respect, courage, Chieftainship and wisdom. The Eagle is the ruler of sky.