Eagles and Ravens
“The defining characteristics of Coast Salish art in print and painted form have been largely designated to single colors, also known as positive and negative. In the case of this print the positive field refers to the darker areas mostly the raven heads on either side of the edges. This also includes the shapes that define the eagle heads central comprised of crescent shapes just behind the mouth area.
In some regions of the Northwest Coast territory particularly up towards the Southeast Alaskan region tribal groups are defined by clans broken between Eagle and Raven. Although this is not the case for Coast Salish communities past nor present I like to use the two birds because the contrasting characteristics lend themselves to the style so well.”
-Shaun Peterson / Qwalsius