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Thunderbird Plaque (Medium)

By Ralph Shaughnessy Sr.

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Carved by Ralph Shaughnessy Sr.

* 6.5"h. x 2.5"w. x 0.5"d. 

We have 2 Thunderbird plaques that face to the left; and 1 Thunderbird plaque that is facing to the right.

The Thunderbird in the Kwakwa̱ka̱'wakw Mythology

After the defeat of his family, the only surviving Thunderbird moves to the Upper World from a place near Kalugwis. Thunder is the result of the Thunderbird moving from the winter side to the summer side of his house, or vice versa. It is also an omen of an impending death of someone who belongs to a family, which has the rights to the Thunderbird crest.

Thunderbird hunts the double-headed serpent using a weir. He also feeds on whales, which are his salmon. His blanket is made from wormwood and produces lightening. When the Thunderbird soars there is lightening and he also has the ability to produce wind storms. At last, he is the chief of the village of the birds at Kunwaas.

About the artist Ralph Shaughnessy Sr.

‘Namgis artist Ralph Shaughnessy was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia. He is self-taught and has been carving his plaques, key chains, and fridge magnets for a number of years. Ralph uses the traditional designs of his ancestors in his carvings. Ralph has not participated in any exhibits but his work is widely distributed throughout the world.

*Note that all pieces are unique so measurements and weights may slightly vary

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