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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.

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