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Killer Whale, from the Haida Native Americans. The Haida are an indigenous people of British Columbia, Canada and British North America, formerly the Russian Territories.

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Eagle represents spiritual protection, carries prayers, and brings strength, courage, wisdom, illumination of spirit, healing, creation, and a knowledge of magic.Ability to see hidden spiritual truths, rising above the material to see the spiritual.An ability to see the overall pattern, and the connection to spirit guides and teachers. Great power and balance, dignity with grace, a connection with higher truths, intuition and a creative spirit grace achieved through knowledge and hard work.

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The single most characteristic shape in all of Northwest Coast style art is the ovoid and these are some of it's variations, there are many more. They all follow the same rules effectively described by Bill Holm in his landmark book "Northwest Coast Indian Art: an analysis of form", 1965. via Barry Herem FB

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