This video tells the story behind the making of “Supernatural Eagle Bringing the Sun Back to the World” by Coast Salish artists William and Joel Good which was installed at the Nanaimo Art Gallery on Oct. 11, 2018. Video produced by Jennifer Wynne Webber.
Supernatural Eagle Painting by W. Joel Good
Joel Good also painted a supernatural eagle for the School District. Joel Good is a traditional Coast Salish artist from the Snuneymuxw First Nation and a graduate of NDSS. He works in the original Coast Salish style, one that has been revitalized by his father William Good.
About the art:
The Supernatural Eagle is a messenger of Good Will, a communicator often represented in stories with a message to the people. The wings of the eagle have sea serpents and the tail feathers are made of two salmon heads facing different directions. The core of the eagle is a wind mask. The open mouth of the wind mask symbolizes communication, as the eagle blows or whispers its message into the wind.
Coast Salish symbolism
Eagle : Often called the “master of the skies” because of its ability to soar great heights. The eagle is held in high regard in Coast Salish Communities.
Sea Serpents: A symbol of protection, incredible power and revival
Salmon: Symbolizes life, abundance, prosperity and nourishment
Wind Mask: painted with an open mouth, symbolises communication as the animal whispers or blows into the wind