- watercolorist with a difference -
THE CIRCLE OF LIFE
"I chose the shape of the circle for my design
- it denotes the delicately balanced life cycle that exists in nature"
The Raven is nourished by the salmon shown within it's body
- as it protects the Spirit Bear located between it's feet.
The circle of fins represents the bountiful salmon
that provide nourishment for the bears.
The circle of bears represent 9 black bears and the 10th.
white spirit bear is protected by the wing of the Raven.
The bears drag the half-eaten salmon carcasses into the undergrowth,
which in turn creates nitrogen to nourish the forest.
The branches of the trees offer shade to the streams
keeping them cool, which allows the salmon to flourish.
THE RAVENS DECREE
At the beginning of time, so the legend goes, the whole world was white with ice and snow
Then the Raven came from heaven and made the world green as it is today.
But he wanted to make something to remind himself of the beginning and its whiteness.
So on this special Island, he went among the black bears, and every tenth one
he made white - that way he could look at them and remember the world as it was.
- and then the Raven issued a decree: "The white bear would live here forever in peace"
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