This Thunderbird and Orca or Killer Whale Bentwood Box is carved out of yellow and red cedar by Karver Everson from the K’ómoks and Kwaguʼł Nations.
Two of the yellow cedar box sides come together to represent design elements of the Thunderbird's head, with copper and abalone eyes, beak, feathers, and horns, while the adjacent two sides come together to represent the power and majesty of the Thunderbird's wings. The red cedar top is carved with an Orca or Killerwhale design that also incorporates a copper and abalone eye.
The Thunderbird Symbol represents power, protection, and strength. He is often seen as the most powerful of all spirits and can also transform into human form by opening his head up like a mask and taking his feathers off as if they were a mere blanket. Under his wings are lightning snakes, which he can use as a tool or weapon.
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The Orca or Killer Whale symbolizes family, romance, longevity, harmony, travel, community and protection. He is said to protect those who travel away from home, and to lead them back when the time comes. Orcas will often stay their whole life with the same pod and raise each calf with care.
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The bentwood box is over 14 inches or over 35 centimeters high and about 11 inches or 28 centimeters wide and deep.
All images by Zac Whyte.