There were three Tsimshians men who went out to hunt in their canoe. The chief of the Blackfish sent one of his servants, a little ratfish, up to see who was there. One of the men in the canoe was angry at the intrusions; he grabbed the fish and broke off its fins and threw it back into the ocean. The little fish swam back to his chief, crippled and in great pain.The Blackfish chief then sent two Blackfish to bring both men and canoe before him. The Blackfish warned them never to harm little fish in anger. Finally, the Blackfish chief ordered his men to escort the Tsimshian back.
The Tsimshian returned home with their story and adopted the Blackfish as their crest.
Born in 1946 in Greenville, B.C., artist Roy Henry Vickers studied traditional art at the Gitanmaax School of Northwest Coast Indian Art in Hazelton. His father was a Tsimshian fisherman, his mother a teacher of British ancestry. Fond is he of his childhood days spent in the ancient Tsimshian village of Kitkatla. His art evokes the stylized tradition of his Native ancestry, yet it marries the abstraction of that tradition with the realism of European art. Vickers has participated in exhibitions at prestigious art shows in Canada and the United States. His has completed monumental works at the Vancouver International Airport and the Saanich Commonwealth Centre in Victoria. His work is included in the collections of royalty and presidents. Once a victim of substance abuse, in 1992 he initiated VisionQuest, a non-profit organization designed to help those with addictive personalities.
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