The great Thunderbird is known to many Native American cultures and is believed to have the power to cast thunder bolts from the sky. The name in the Blackfoot language means "day bird." The legends may have been based on real birds, perhaps large condors or eagles, observed carrying off animals and occasionally, small children. Invoking the protection and strength of the Thunderbird by painting it on his shield adds to this warrior's ability to face whatever challenges may come to his people. Faith in the unseen powers of painted symbols, buffalo horns and eagle feathers supplement his physical defenses. Mounted on a magnificent Appaloosa stallion, he represents the enduring strength of the human spirit throughout history.
Oil paint on Belgian linen on panel.
Framed in a brushed champagne silver frame.
Painting size: 48" x 36" (122 cm x 91 cm)
Framed size: 53" x 41" (135 cm x 104 cm)
Framed and ready to hang.
On exhibition and available by luck of the draw sale at Quest for the West at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art on 11 September 2021. Please contact the museum for tickets to attend the opening reception weekend and participate in the sale.