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Artist / Maker : Johnny, Maynard Jr.
Title : Thunderbird
Date (Execution) : 2004
Geographical Origin : Vancouver Island; British Columbia; Canada
Cultural Group : Penelakut, Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Circular composition with beige background with blue an black coloured bird within it. Dotted starry details in the beige background.
Accession # : U014.3.401
Width (cm) : 41.70
Height (cm) : 44.20
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "The Thunderbird is a giant, supernatural spirit-bird that is highly respected by the Salish people, as well as all west coast First Nations. The Thunderbird can clap its gigantic wings together, causing thunder and blink its eyes creating lightning. One story tells of a Thunderbird helping a village that was near a bay, which connected the ocean and the river. A Killerwhale got stuck in the bay and was eating all the fish before the village could get their food supply. So the people called upon the great Thunderbird to come and take the whale."