“These are favourite birds of mine with their speedy trotting gait, the groups standing in military formation into the wind, some on one leg. I remember my dog, Sheena, chasing them across sandbanks, being teased and never succeeding in keeping pace.”
The oystercatcher is a quick moving bird usually seen in flocks feeding at low tide on sandy beaches and river mud banks. The oystercatcher has access to valuable knowledge because of its ability to move swiftly between the sky, earth and sea kingdoms. The oystercatcher is also portrayed as a rattle and is a definitive spiritual object used in shamanic ceremonies amongst the northern Northwest Coast nations. The oystercatcher with its long curved neck and long beak becomes the basic body form of the rattle and is then decorated with entwined figures representing communication across the different realms of the world.
Spirit Wrestler Gallery
47 Water Street
Canada V6B 1A1
Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
3 blocks from Waterfront Station
Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.
Monday to Saturday, open 10-6
Sunday and Holidays, open 12-5
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