10” Teardrop shape Aboriginal Drum with a Thunderbird and Orca painted on by Darcy Gaudet 2005
Artist: Darcy Gaudet
10” Teardrop shape Aboriginal Drum with a Thunderbird and Orca painted on
Thunderbird: This great bird, living high in the mountains is one of the most powerful of all the spirits, the personification of Chief and protector of people. The flapping of wings was thought to be the sound of thunder, and lightning flashed from his eyes. He is distinguished from eagle by the curled 'ears' or feather tufts on the top of his head. These are believed by some to be power symbols.
Whale/Orca: The traveler and guardian of the seas, Killer Whale is called by some "Lord of the Ocean." To the Kwakiutl, all great chiefs who die are transformed into Orcas. They are believed to be closely related to humans, thus allowing transformation from one to another. Orcas symbolize long life.