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Richard Shorty was born September 9th, 1959 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada located north of British Columbia. He is a member of the Northern Tutchone Nation, a group that inhabits the western tip of the Territory. Richard takes the Raven, an important family crest symbol, as his own.
Richard moved to Vancouver in 1981 and became very involved in the Northwest Coast culture which inspired him to begin painting in the Northwest Coast Native style, specifically Kwakwaka’wakw (Kwagiulth). He was greatly influenced by such artist’s work as Roy Henry Vickers and Bill Reid. Richard enjoys painting on canvas and making limited edition serigraphs.
In early 1997, Richard took up the art of carving cedar wood. Finding it a challenge, he enjoys the medium. Since he is a natural artisan, it will not take him long to refine his skills.
The Beaver appears in Northwest mythology and is a family crest in many regions throughout the Northwest Coast. According to legend, the first Beaver was a woman, whose husband frequently went on long hunting and fishing trips. In his absence, his lonely wife took solace swimming, enlarging her pond with a dam and building her own water dwelling. Eventually, she transformed into a Beaver and their children were Beaver People, founding the Beaver lineage.
In mythology, they are often associated with the powerful undersea supernatural beings and the magic Giant Beaver can cause natural disaster with one slap of its wide, strong tail. Characterisically, the Beaver is known to keep to himself and cares little for the activities of the humans, except when they are directly affected. Thus, they often give wise advice so it is important to listen when they do decide to speak.
“This contemporary Coast Salish sun design is an attempt to mediate between the Hul'qumi'num language (the language of the Cowichan Tribes) and English. There have been various anglecized spellings of this Hul'qumi'num toponym (place name), such as “Cowichan,” “Khowutzun,” and the currently accepted “Quwutsun.” This Hul'qumi'num term has been simplified and misinterpreted as meaning “The Warm Land,” when it should be more correctly interpreted as meaning “warmed by the sun,” or “basking in the sun with your back turned to the sun.”
The four eclipsed suns surrounding the central sun symbolize the darkness of ignorance blocking Daylight, a powerful source of truth.”