Antique Native American Indian

THUNDERBIRD PETROGLYPH, Northwestern Oregon Coast, near Tillimook, 19th Century

THUNDERBIRD PETROGLYPH, Northwestern Oregon Coast, near Tillimook, 19th Century
THUNDERBIRD PETROGLYPH, Northwestern Oregon Coast, near Tillimook, 19th Century
THUNDERBIRD PETROGLYPH, Northwestern Oregon Coast, near Tillimook, 19th Century
THUNDERBIRD PETROGLYPH, Northwestern Oregon Coast, near Tillimook, 19th Century
THUNDERBIRD PETROGLYPH, Northwestern Oregon Coast, near Tillimook, 19th Century
THUNDERBIRD PETROGLYPH, Northwestern Oregon Coast, near Tillimook, 19th Century
THUNDERBIRD PETROGLYPH, Northwestern Oregon Coast, near Tillimook, 19th Century

THUNDERBIRD PETROGLYPH, Northwestern Oregon Coast, near Tillimook, 19th Century
THUNDERBIRD PETROGLYPH, Northwestern Oregon Coast, near Tillimook, 19. An astonishing rock with an incised carving of two thunderbirds. The stone was uncovered around the 1870s by an early settler to the region. Family lore holds that the stone was found off the current Bayocean Road near what is now called Memaloose Point. This artifact as well as a variety of other stone implements were passed down to successive generations of family members until the 1980s when they were acquired by this site.

The stone is a small, hand-help piece with a clear and defined incision of a double-headed thunderbird. Erosion scratches, abrasions and minor pitting are evident, though the carving has maintained its integrity. Put simply, this is one of the finest-and deeply carvedpetroglyphs yet acquired. The small nature of the piece strongly suggests it was a portable totem of some type: perhaps used in various ceremonial/spiritual rituals.

The thunderbird is a legendary creature in many Pacific Northwest Coast culturesand is found in various forms among many other Native American tribes. It is believed the myth is based on the powerful/large wings of the bald eagle being able to produce severe weather by the extreme beating of its wings. It is considered a supernatural bird of power and strength. Why this artifact ended up where it did and its exact purpose remains unknown, but it is a finely executed, superb example of Pacific Northwestern expertise in rendering a myth into hand-held reality.

The item "THUNDERBIRD PETROGLYPH, Northwestern Oregon Coast, near Tillimook, 19th Century" is in sale since Sunday, March 20, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Lafayette, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, DK, RO, SK, BG, CZ, FI, HU, LV, LT, MT, EE, to Australia, GR, PT, CY, SI, to Japan, SE, KR, ID, to Taiwan, ZA, to Belgium, to France, to Hong Kong, to Ireland, to Netherlands, PL, to Spain, to Italy, to Germany, to Austria, IL, to Mexico, to New Zealand, SG, NO, SA, UA, AE, QA, KW, BH, HR, MY, TR, CL, CO, CR, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.

  • Color: Brown
  • Maker: Prehistoric indigenous people of Pacific NW coast
  • Material: Stone
  • Original/Reproduction: Original


THUNDERBIRD PETROGLYPH, Northwestern Oregon Coast, near Tillimook, 19th Century