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: Jan 30, 2012

Posted by Vanessa Faulkner

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Birds are popular symbols as they represent many human emotions and are one of the most popular animals in mythology. Each species of bird is thought to represent a distinct emotion such as the dove and nightingale’s representation of love, and the owl’s representation of wisdom. They have gained attention by both religion and science in their ability to fly, challenging the concept of gravity, and often representing a connection between earth and the heavens. With very distinct characteristics and form, a bird can be easily represented and recognized by all, making it an easy symbol to use in many forms of design.

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