Kwakiutl Thunderbird

Kwakiutl Thunderbird

The Thunderbird is a mythical creature and a high-ranking prestige crest. Only the most powerful and prestigious Chiefs have the Thunderbird as a crest especially among the Kwakiutl and Coast Salish people.

Kwakiutl Thunderbird

Kwakiutl Thunderbird

Kwakiutl Thunderbird

Kwakiutl Thunderbird

The Thunderbird possesses supernatural power and is credited with creating storms. It’s believed to live high in the mountains and carry lightening bolts under its enormous wings. When he blinked lightning came out of his eyes, and when he flapped his wings thunder roared.

Kwakiutl Thunderbird - back

Kwakiutl Thunderbird – back

George Matilpi

7-1/4″ x 6-3/4″ (18.4cm x 17.15cm)

Item 10063-A