I have cruised by Deadman's Islets for a number of years before realizing there was a history there.

I often stopped to show my guests the eagles and their nest on one of the islands. The eagle's nest has fledged at least two eagle chicks a year for the past 17 years or more. This is considered very successful, as most eagle's produce between one and three eggs per year, but it is rare for all three chicks to successfully fly.

The bald eagle builds the largest nest of any North American bird, up to four meters in diameter. These eagles are often seen in the nest waiting patiently to swoop down and snatch fish out of the water with their talons.

Deadman's Islets is sacred land that once was native burial land in the Tofino Harbour. At one time there were artifacts from the burials on the islets but they were removed due to poaching and stealing. Today you must have written permission by the Clayoquot Band to set foot on the islets. There is a dug out canoe carved by Joe and Carl Martin on the islet facing Tofino, in memory of a young infant who died in a boating accident close to the islets, also as a memorial for all the souls laid there to rest.

This work was inspired by a photo by Jennifer Steven, taken at sunset one fine west coast evening. We enjoy some breathtaking sunsets here in Tofino and the eagle has been the favorite of all birds for years as a subject for the art found here in the gallery.

Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Medium: Block Mount
Image Size: 11.5" x 7.5"