“Arguably the most admired and majestic of all eagles, I have tried hard to capture the authority, fearlessness and strength the stately bird exhibits. With its outstretched long feathered legs with talons extended, the large powerful wings and determined gaze, I hope I have succeeded.”
Eagle is an iconic bird and is the national bird and symbol of the United States of America. The eagle is an important crest to many nations on the Pacific Northwest Coast and especially to the Haida who have only two major moieties, Raven and Eagle. This large, majestic bird has many skills and attributes including intelligence, keen eyesight, and is regarded as a skilled hunter and fisherman with a vast knowledge of the world, both past and present. There are many stories documenting the power and knowledge of the eagle and its influence on the people of the Northwest Coast.
In the Nuu-chah-nulth culture there is a story of how the eagle came to have such sharp sight. The eagle at one time had very poor eyesight. He was sitting on the top of a hill with his friend the snail, and the snail asked “if he could see the house in the sky” which he could not. Eagle asked for his eyes and snail loaned him his eyes. Immediately, he could see the house, the boards, and the beams and then he flew into the sky. Snail asked for his eyes back and eagle said “I just need to borrow them for awhile.”
(Footnote: the name Bald Eagle derives from the older interpretation of the word meaning “white headed.”)
*Exhibited with Spirit Wrestler Gallery at “Māori Art Market 2011,” (October 5-9) in Porirua City, Wellington, New Zealand, showcasing the best in contemporary Māori art during the hosting of the Rugby World Cup.
Te Rarawa, Ngāti Paoa, Te Ātiawa
Rex Homan was born 1940 in Thames, New Zealand of Māori, Irish and Scottish ancestry. He lived in Auckland in his early years before moving to the Bay of Plenty. Rex has earned international recognition as a wood sculptor in the 1960s and 1970s and began working in bronze in the 1980s. His current work is influenced by the culture of the Pacific and displays uniqueness in its diversity of form and dramatic flow of lines. Rex has exhibited in solo, group and jury shows. He has won several national awards for “National Wood Skills” and is represented in corporate and private collections worldwide.
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