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U014.3.128
Artist / Maker : Dangeli, Michael ; Goothl T'similx
Title : Thunderbird Dancer
Date (Execution) : 2005
Geographical Origin : Alaska, United States
Cultural Group : Nisga'a, Tlingit, Tsimshian
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Thunderbird dancer in Northwest coast formline.
Accession # : U014.3.128
Width (cm) : 56.00
Height (cm) : 38.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : " Thunderbird is the distinguished ancestor of my Tlingit Eagle Clan lineage. In our history animals lived like us humans, and were able to change from human to animal and lived in villages like us. Thunderbirds is a giant, mountain-dwelling man who dons a supernatural bird bird-like costume when he ventures out to hunt whales. He is a proud, powerful and noble being in our oral history. He is named Thunderbird for his ability to cause thunder and lightening. Thunder rolls from the flaps of his wings and lightening flashes when he blinks his great eyes. I chose to name this print 'Thunderbird Dancer' after witnessing a group of young Tlingit men dancers calling themselves the Chilkat Thunderbird dancers at the Sealaska Celebration in Juneau, Alaska. These young dancers had shown the same power, presence and ability of those great beings that become known as the people of the Thunderbird. With those young dancers in mind I was inspired to create this design to honour my Alaskan Tlingit ancestry and those young dancers who have motivated us all to seek that next level of dancer and singer." -- Mike Dangeli