14K Gold hand carved bracelet by artist Richard Baker
1/2" x 6 1/4"
Richard (Richie) Baker is a member of the Squamish Nation in North Vancouver, BC, and is known internationally for his artwork in the Northwest Coast style. Richie was born in 1962 and began carving at the age of 12, first by observing his father and other carvers at work, and then learning the basics of formline and technique. Richie comes from a long line of artists going back to his maternal grandmother, Katherine Scow, who was a Kwakwaka’wakw artist.
Richie was a featured carver at the 1986 World Exposition, and this opportunity opened many doors for him. In 1996, he opened a studio for the public on the Capilano Reserve in North Vancouver, and began doing custom orders for weddings, anniversaries, and other personal and business gifts. He has been commissioned by a number of private companies as well as First Nations organizations throughout Canada for both his hand-engraved jewelry and cedar wood-carvings.
Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology of the Northwest Coast. Eagle is revered as a powerful hunter and the ruler of the sky, a symbol of much prestige and power. Also known as a spiritual guide, Eagle symbolizes a connection to a higher realm.
Eagle symbolizes strength of character, courage and healing powers. Eagles are large birds of prey with impressive hunting and fishing skills, and respected for their intelligence as well as their extraordinary vision (literally and figuratively). Loyalty is a strong trait in the Eagle, as they mate for life. In myth, Eagles are generally noble characters, and are associated with lofty ideals like peace and the pursuit of freedom. Myths also tell of groups of Eagles gathering for co-operative whale hunting expeditions, as unlike the giant Thunderbird, Eagle is not strong enough to hunt whales alone.
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. In art, Eagle may often be depicted with Salmon, one of its favourite foods.