Native American Art Thunderbird

Written by Clint Leung

The thunderbird has been one ofrepparttar most dominant icons in Native American art and legends. In fact,repparttar 136067 concept ofrepparttar 136068 thunderbird has been so popular that it has been used inrepparttar 136069 non-Native world to name a classic automobile, liquor, a 1960's children's adventure television show (and subsequent recent movie), a US Air Force squadron and is referenced in pop music (rememberrepparttar 136070 word 't-bird' in 1950's rock and roll?). The thunderbird is one ofrepparttar 136071 few cross-cultural characters in Native American mythology since it is found in legends of Pacific Northwest, Plains, and Northeastern tribes.

The Native Indians ofrepparttar 136072 Pacific Northwest Coast always lived alongrepparttar 136073 shores and never ventured inland torepparttar 136074 mountains. Legend has it thatrepparttar 136075 thunderbird, a mighty God inrepparttar 136076 form of a giant, supernatural bird lives inrepparttar 136077 mountains. The Quileute tribe of Washington state considered a cave on Mount Olympus asrepparttar 136078 home ofrepparttar 136079 thunderbird whilerepparttar 136080 Coast Salish believed it is located onrepparttar 136081 Black Tusk peak in British Columbia. It is thought thatrepparttar 136082 thunderbird never wants anyone to come near its home. If Native hunters get too close,repparttar 136083 thunderbird will smell them and make a thunder sound by flapping its wings. It would also roll ice out of its cave and downrepparttar 136084 mountain with chunks breaking up into many smaller pieces.

Some tribes such asrepparttar 136085 Kwakwaka'wakw believe that their people once made a deal withrepparttar 136086 thunderbird for its help during a food crisis and in return,repparttar 136087 tribe agreed to honorrepparttar 136088 thunderbird for all time by making its image prominent in their Northwest Native American art. This is why West Coast art totem poles are often carved with thunderbirds with outstretched wings atrepparttar 136089 top.

The wingspan ofrepparttar 136090 thunderbird was described to be twice as long as a Native Indian war canoe. Underneath its wings are lightning snakes whichrepparttar 136091 thunderbird uses as weapons. Lightning is created whenrepparttar 136092 thunderbird throws these lighting snakes or when he blinks his eyes that glow like fire. Sometimes these lightning snakes are depicted in Native American art as having wolf or dog-like heads with serpent tongues. They are occasionally referred to asrepparttar 136093 thunderbird's dogs. Native American art portraysrepparttar 136094 thunderbird with a huge curving beak and prominent ears or horns.

How to Make Money in Real Estate Investing

Written by Madan "Raja" Ahluwalia

How to Make Money in Real Estate Investing

Lower Your Taxes

Tax incentives for real estate investors can often makerepparttar difference in your tax rates. Deductions for rental property can often be used to offset wage income. Tax breaks can often enable investors to turn a loss into a profit. For which items can investors get tax breaks? You could claim deductions for actual costs you incur for financing, managing and operatingrepparttar 136017 rental property. This includes mortgage interest payments, real estate taxes, insurance, maintenance, repairs, property management fees, travel, advertising, and utilities (assumingrepparttar 136018 tenant doesn''t pay them). These expenses can be subtracted from your adjusted gross income when determining your personal income taxes. Of course, these deductions cannot exceedrepparttar 136019 amount of real estate income you receive. In addition to deductions for operating costs, you can also receive breaks for depreciation. Buildings naturally deteriorate over time, and these "losses" can be deducted regardless ofrepparttar 136020 actual market value ofrepparttar 136021 property. Because depreciation is a non-cash expense -- you are not actually spending any money --repparttar 136022 tax code can get a bit tricky. For more information about depreciation and various tax alternatives, ask your tax advisor about Section 1031 ofrepparttar 136023 U.S. Tax Code.

Have a Positive Cash Flow

There are two kinds of positive cash flows: pre-tax and after-tax. A pre-tax positive cash flow occurs when income received is greater than expenses incurred. This sort of situation is difficult to find, but they are usually a strong and safe investment. An after-tax positive cash flow may have expenses that outweigh collected income, but various tax breaks allow for a positive cash flow. This is more common, but it is generally not as strong or safe as a pre-tax positive cash flow.

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