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"Eagle is one of the most important beings in the art and mythology. It is respected for its intelligence and power, as well as its extraordinary vision, in both literal and figurative sense. Eagles in myth are, likewise, usually noble characters. Eagle spirits are a=ssociated with lofty ideals and the pursuit of freedom. Eagle is reveared as a powerful hunter. Eagle may often be depicted with Salmon, one of its favourite foods. Eagle feathers and down are sacred: traditionally, shamans believed in their healing powers and used them in a variety of ceremonial and ritual contexts, such as honouring a repsected guest." (Shearar 2000: 44). – Understanding Northwest Coast Art: A guide to Crests, Beings and Symbols