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Eagle and Salmon Paddle with Stand



Please note: this piece will be on display at the Vancouver International Airport for one year.

I learnt to fish on the Kitimat River when I was just a young boy. My Dad would wake me early morning and we would hike together down to Coho Flats and set up along the banks and fish all day. More often than not we would see Eagles perched in trees waiting for the opportunity to fish themselves. Depicted here is an eagle with a salmon as my Dad proudly sits by and witnesses this great event.

—Dean Heron

Dean Heron

Dean Heron

Kaska, Tlingit

Wolf Clan

(1970- )

Dean Heron, born in 1970, is Kaska/Tlingit and member of the Wolf Clan from Liard, Yukon. His parents encouraged him to search out his heritage from a young age. In the early 1990’s Dean started to pursue a lifelong commitment to learning First Nation’s art with the encouragement and support of his wife. He began designing and painting at first, but wanted to learn to carve. In 2006, this took him back to the north - to Terrace, B.C. where he began formal training in drawing, design, tool-making and carving under prominent Northwest Coast artists Stan Bevan, Ken McNeil, and Dempsey Bob at the Freda Deising School of Northwest Coast Art. In the spring of 2007 Dean was recognized by the Northwest Community College with the Dr. Freda Diesing Award. He graduated from the First Nations Fine Arts program with Honour’s in 2008.

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