- Object Origin:
- Coast Salish
- Randy Stiglitz
- alder wood, cedar bark braiding and hair
- 12.5 x 12 x 7
- Archived Artwork
Double headed mythical Thunderbird
Enough cannot be said of Randy's breath taking ability to bring to life the legends and myths of the Northwest Coast native culture. Here in glorious display is the spirit of the mythical Thunderbird. Featured with its double head, wings, clawed feet and tail feathers wrapped and fully encompassing the sun's large round face. Legend tells of the mythical Thunderbird being born of the Sun and therefore possessed great power. The huge mythical bird would fly high over the villages partially blocking out the light of the Sun.
Randy is widely regarded as an one of a handful of elite Coast Salish artists and his artwork is in the highest demand by top galleries throughtout North America. Randy has the unique ability to find the spirit within a raw block of alder and bring it to dramatic life, he says "each piece of wood whispers to me what it will become". Randy Stiglitz is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia. He was born of Salish and Cree descent on August 17, 1953. Through his interest in the Native arts, he moved to the Capilano Indian reservation at the age of seventeen. After spending five years there, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia where he worked under the direction of master carver Gene Brabant. He continues to explore the carving traditions of both Salish, Kwakiutl and Tlingit cultures. His work is widely shown at major galleries throughout North America and can be easily viewed online by doing a simple google search of his name.