Dance Apron

White buttons secure the thunderbird crest to this ceremonial dance apron. Bells and thimbles are used as noisemakers, replacing customary shells and puffin bills. In Northwest Coast First Nations’ myths, the thunderbird creates thunder and lightning – thunder by flapping its wings, and lightning by opening and closing its eyes.


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Why do you think birds are popular symbols and what different meanings do they hold?

responded: Sep 8, 2010

Posted by Theophrastus

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The raven is a symbol of putrefaction and decay, an early part of the Great Work in alchemy: first the flesh must rot and die before it can be purified and eventually exalted.

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