Dempsey Bob said, "Tradition evolves...Your art has to have life. That's why it has to reflect today." The elements of his art may be innovative, but the content and purpose for creating "Cheona" reflect the values of his people. Thus he is being traditional while introducing innovative ideas to Tlingit art.
You and Dempsey Bob have become good friends. He gives you an eagle's feather meaning "Safe Journeys" and sends you on your way.