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.

Collection Connections 

  • Bonnet


    North America: Canada, Central Canada, Quebec, Sept Iles Maliotenam

    View More 
  • Hat


    Asia: South East Asia, Thailand

    View More 
  • Leggings


    Asia: South East Asia, Thailand, Okha

    View More 
  • Seating Mat

    Seating Mat

    Asia: South East Asia, Indonesia, Borneo

    View More 

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

responded: Sep 21, 2011

Posted by Blaise C

Recommend this Response
I believe birds are popular symbols because they generally represent positive and optimistic ideas. For example, they are very commonly associated with freedom so when people see them it perhaps gives them hope for something better. As well, they can represent beauty and even confidence, especially in the way that the males of most bird types tend to become more beautiful when trying to show off, so they may give people the incentive to feel the same about themselves. I think overall they represent things people aspire for or to be like which is why they are so commonly used.

Elements of this site may require Flash player 8