Thunderbird & Sculpin by Trevor HuntThunderbird & Sculpin by Trevor Hunt
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Thunderbird & Sculpin

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"The Kwagiulth people of Fort Rupert, B.C. have many legends to tell that have been passed down from generation to generation. There is the story of the Dzunukwa, wicked women who live in the woods and try to trick and catch lost children. There is the Frog, a messenger from the Animal Kingdom. It warns of coming warrior canoes, thereby helping his people prepare for battle. The Thunderbird is a mythical being, powerful, and well respected. It is a great honour to have its dance and crest handed down to you. In this design, I have depicted the Thunderbird as a mythical being in human form, to act as a pallet, from which our people see themselves when they are given these crests. It is as if the person who holds the honour of having the creast has in fact transformed into the creature himself. The Thunderbird is shown feasting on the abundance of food that our land has to offer. As flight is now part of his form, food will be plentiful for this man to have at his discretion. He can forage and bring food back to his people." -Trevor Hunt

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Location Canada
Region Northwest Coast
Artist Trevor Hunt
NWC Nation N/A
Date Created 2009
Dimensions 21.75" X 21.5"
Materials & Edition serigraph edition 200

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