From Martine J Reid’s Bill Reid Collected, p. 12
While attending his grandfather’s funeral in Skidefate in 1954, Reid held and closely examined a pair of bracelets made by Charles Edenshaw that were “really deeply carved,” and he would later say that after that transformative encounter, “the world was not really the same.” The bracelets left an indelible impression that compelled him to refine his standards for the making of Haida art.”
From Cheryl Shearar’s “Understanding Northwest Coast Art”:
Bear is one of the most prevalent figures in crest and shamanic art, as well as in myths. It is considered to be a close relation of human-kind, perhaps because of physical characteristics such as size, appearance, and expression, and behaviours such as standing on two hind legs, gathering plants and berries, fishing and nurturing young.
As a close relation to humans, the bear is a link between the human and non-human animal realms, as well as, between the ordinary natural realm and the supernatural. Because of their strength and fierceness, bears are frequently the guardians, protectors and helping spirits of warriors.