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Thunderbird Plaque Carvings and Plaques

Thunderbird Plaque

By Don Wadhams

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Carved by Don Wadhams

6"h. x 8"w. x 0.5"d. 

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.

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