Thunderbird Paddle by lessLIEThunderbird Paddle by lessLIE
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Thunderbird Paddle

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ARTIST'S STATEMENT This paddle depicts Thunderbird on a paddle. The paddle symbolizes a traditional mode of transportation. In values and world view, the paddle is in cultural contrast to the steering wHEELS used by contemporary Canadians for transportation. Thunderbird, as one of the culture heros of the Cowichan people, is the embodiment of awe and respect for nature. As with other First Nations of the Northwest Coast, the blinking of Thunderbird's eyes causes lightning, while the clapping of his wings cause thunder. Thunderbird is the embodiment of awe and respect for nature. Thunderbird should not be exploited. Nature is not treacherous. Only in an exploitive world-view would Thunderbird's name be exploited for commercial ends. i am cost sale-ish i drive a ford fascist in this contemporary capitalist consumer culture in which we live our native names are exploited by neo-colonial corpoRATIONS jack daniels drinks jack daniels crazy horse drinks crazy horse thunderbird drinks thunderbird --lessLIE

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist lessLIE
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2006
Dimensions 79" long
Materials & Edition yellow cedar, paint

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