Thunderbird Paddle

Painting: Acrylic on Paper

22" x 22"

Artist/Curatorial Statement

I was experimenting with Thunderbird designs, wanting to do an interpretation of Thunderbird that was different than that of other artists. I opted for a split design, each side mirroring the other. Without intent, the center space took the shape of a paddle; a great outcome!

I then drew a black circle in the middle of the design that represents the hole in the center of a spindle whorl. Such whorls were used to spin the wool used to make blankets, sweaters and other garments way back before European contact.

I like that those of my people who love to go out on tribal journeys, or just to canoe, relate to this design.

Maynard Johnny Jr.