- Artists: Darcy Basil
- Categories: Masks,Plaques,Totem Poles
- Totem Symbols: Salmon
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
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The symbol of immortality and wealth, dependability and renewal. The Salmon is the life source, and is always treated with high regard and respect. Many First Nations cultures tell of the Salmon people living in the ocean, who offer their bodies as food to the human world and once their flesh is used they return home to put on new flesh and begin the cycle once again. Their stories teach to honour and respect what is given and to never be too greedy.
Nation : Salish
At the age of 9 he moved to Alert Bay where he learnt traditional Kwagiulth design and fundamentals at the Namgis Band School. Next door to the school was the community carving shop where he learned basic carving skills from Beau Dick and Wayne Alfred and watched these master carvers create amazing works. D’Arcy then moved to Victoria where he met Carey Newman and observed Carey create many beautiful works using metal, stone, wood, and printmaking. The decision to pursue carving as a profession began in 2011 when he met master carver Chris Sparrow and his late father Irvin Sparrow in Musqueam. He apprenticed with Chris and quickly adopted the traditional Coast Salish style as well as the unique design characteristics that define Chris Sparrows’ truly special works of art.