And when it flaps its massive wings, thunder rolls. To provide an idea of how large and potent this being is, many myths describe it as a predator of killerwhales. Thus, the Thunderbird is often seen paired with whales in Northwest Coast art. Thunderbird is particularly prominent within Kwakwakawakw culture because the bird is said to have protected their people at a time of crisis in the distant past. For this reason, the Thunderbird is revered to this day and can often be seen on top of totem poles and used in designs of monumental structures.In the art, Thunderbird can be identified by its sharply curved beak, horns and associated lightning. As mentioned above, the Thunderbird is frequently depicted with whale motifs. Don carves jewellery in gold and silver, and he also produces limited edition prints, poles, and sculptures in wood and glass. He was introduced to Northwest Coast art by artist Freda Diesing (deceased) and in 1976 he studied at Langara College in the Fine Arts program.
Don then apprenticed under Robert Davidson. In the 1980s, Don completed a two-year apprenticeship with celebrated Gitksan artist, Phil Janze. He learned engraving, chasing, casting and repousse techniques during this time. In 2007, Don received a large commission to create a 40-foot totem pole at the Vancouver International Airport. Don has become one of the most accomplished Haida artists working today.The item "Haida Don Yeomans Ltd Ed Print 1980 Unframed Thunderbird Native American Art" is in sale since Friday, June 20, 2014. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "artfromabove" and is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, Japan.