Man Changing into Thunderbird – Panel Two of Six – Norval Morrisseau 1977

Man Changing into Thunderbird
Norval Morrisseau
(Panel 2 of 6) – 1977 – Acrylic on Canvass – 50″ x 60″
“The Ojibway believed the thunder to be a great massive bird called thunderbird, whose eyes shoot out lighting and thunder. The first thunder in early spring was something good to hear, for the Ojibway welcomed their protector again from its home in the south where it had been all the winter. Offerings of tobacco were placed on the ground or on water or put into stove to burn, or sacred pipes were smoked by the elders to the thunderbird in the early spring.”
Norval Morrisseau