Thunderbird Headdress by Noel Joseph
What a beautiful piece!
THUNDERBIRD HEAD DRESS
hand carved by Noel Joseph, a member of the Wei Wai Kum First Nation, originating from Campbell River on Vancouver Island, British Columbia's Pacific Northwest Coast.
This gorgeous piece has been worn at a ceremonie held in Campbell River in 2018 - it still has the inner cushions and linens. The mask is adorned with the traditional cedar bark rope, it's handcarved out of solid wood from the cedar tree, is adorned with feathers, painted in powerful colors, very clean lines and clean carving. The size is really impressive and you can clearly imagine how majestic and powerful it was presented, I believe in the Kwanwatsi Big House which means House of Thunder. The Big House has a custom Thunderbird and Sisiutl on the front and four traditional totem poles inside representing the different family groups in the Wei Wai Kum First Nation.
Measurements 21" long, 12" tall, 9" wide (53.5 x 31 x 23 cm)
Meaning: The Thunderbird symbolizes supernatural power and is believed to be the dominating force behind all of natures doings. It's a mythical creature and only the most prestigious and powerful Chiefs are allowed to have the Thunderbird as a crest.