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Eagle and Salmon Egg

Xwalacktun, Rick Harry, See-appl-tun, Art Harry
Year: 1999
  • Sculpture
  • Paint
  • Wood
Status: In Place


The Eagle Viewing Shelter end pieces are each carved, with two carvings on each side. They feature a carving on one side and a painted image on the reverse. The north piece was completed by Xwalacktun. The south piece was completed by Howe Sound Secondary students under the direction of Art Harry. The artworks feature female salmon, which we know because of the beak, and eagles due to the prevalence of both in this area.

Art Harry is a Squamish Nation artist. He has been carving since he was 15 years old and was mostly inspired by the late Chief Larry Joseph. Art was also taught different cuts and ways of carving by renowned carver Rick Harry. Art and Rick Harry have worked with local secondary school students to design and carve a 9 ft. eagle, bear totem and various house posts which can be seen at the local Squamish Totem Hall.

Art has been carving for 25 yrs and still feels he learns something new every day. He enjoys carving daily as it is part of his tradition and culture, he also feels that carving contributes to his overall well-being.

Art carves plaques, paddles, totem poles and some masks and bentwood boxes.

Xwalacktun, also known as Rick Harry, is a descendant of Squamish and Kwakwak’wakw ancestry. He creates native art that bridges the past, present, and future, echoing the traditions of his ancestors. With a deep spiritual connection, he collaborates with clients to infuse each piece with personal narratives, breathing life into his creations.

Specializing in Coast Salish style, Xwalacktun seamlessly blends tradition with contemporary expression, catering to a diverse clientele from individuals to corporations. His artworks transcend decoration, becoming cherished treasures and iconic landmarks.

He has adorned prestigious locations with his commissioned works, from intricately carved doors at B.C. Hydro and the University of Victoria First People’s House to striking sculptures at the Audan Museum in Whistler. His craftsmanship has earned accolades including the Georgie Award in 2002 and the Arthur G. Hayden Medal at the 31st Annual International Bridge Conference Awards.

Driven by a commitment to excellence and cultural preservation, Xwalacktun continues to push boundaries in native art, leaving an indelible mark on both the artistic landscape and the communities he serves.


40945-41057, Government Road, Squamish, British Columbia, V0N 1H0, Canada.

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