Rick's second piece is topped by a Thunderbird who's wings are spirally wound around symbols of coastal tribes and rock paintings. It represents the greater power or spirit which unifies the various ancient peoples of the west coast. An optimistic message of unity, expressed in Rick's poetic carving.
What a contribution to his culture and our country.
Rick was signing the salmon totem by carving his Bear Paw symbol which is proudly under scripted with the letters OBC - a reference to his Order of British Columbia. This recognizes his social and artistic contribution to both his first nation heritage and British Columbia (and Canada) as a whole. He wears the pin on his cap. Even better, he's a delightfully down to earth guy to meet and talk to. What an inspiring afternoon. His website is www.xwalactun.ca