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Northwest Thunderbird Totem


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Northwest cedar winged totem. Has been outside all its life. Now needs to be inside. 10'6". We left the moss and lichens as found. Could be removed. Remaining paint “just right.” Wings 5’ wide. Not Native American carved. Totem poles are read from the bottom to the top. In this totem, the base figures appears to be a wolf. This figure reveals the family was heavily involved with the sea, fisherman, perhaps the connection: the Indians believed the wolf was a whale who changed form so he could walk on land. The bear represents strength, motherhood and the guardian of salmon. Bears usually displayed with a wide mouth and sharp teeth. Then eagle, which represents intelligence and power. A superb hunter and a high ranking being. Both the strong beak structure and large eyes, the figure represents someone that had great vision or keen insight and was highly regarded.

PERIOD: Mid 20th Century

ORIGIN: Northwest - Unknown, United States

SIZE: 10'6"'H; wings 5' wide

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