WAG Dance Me to the End of Love "Nanabush and the Thunderbird Spirit"

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Two birds in front of an orange sun on a purple background

Melvin Madahbee, Canadian, b. 1956
Nanabush and the Thunderbird Spirit 
c. 1989
Acrylic on canvas
Private Collection, promised bequest to the Woodstock Art Gallery

Thunderbirds were created by Nanabush (in Anishinaabe creation stories, Nanabush is a cultural hero and trickster figure), to fight underwater spirits. The Thunderbird is also known to punish humans who break moral rules.



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