Aboriginal wood carving in Vancouver, Canada. The Thunderbird is a legendary creature in certain North American indigenous peoples' history and culture. It is considered a supernatural bird of power and strength. It is especially important, and frequently depicted, in the art, songs and oral histories of many Pacific Northwest Coast cultures, and is found in various forms among the peoples of the American Southwest, Great Lakes, and Great Plains.
This sculpture may also be considered as an example of a XOANON: |ˈzəʊənɒn| noun (plural, xoana |-nə| ) - A primitive wooden image of a deity.
ORIGIN early 18th century: from Greek; related to xein ‘carve’.
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