“Like the majority of New Zealanders, I have lived close to the sea my entire life. I have had thousands of seagulls as noisy neighbours. Some of whom display raucous, unpleasant traits towards each other. Regardless of their social behaviour, a closer look reveals their wonderful colours and feathers and one can only marvel at their mastery of flight.”
There are many species of seagull on the Northwest Coast which had the natural ability to ride the powerful westerly winds. Stories are told of great winds that blew onto the coast — all the birds attempted to stop it by flying directly into the gusting wind to find its source but were blown back to the beaches. The clever gull carried a spear and flew around the coastline and into the bay throwing the spear into the wind to stop it. In the Kwakwaka’wakw culture, the gull headdress sometimes appears in association with other sea characters worn by dancers performing Komokwa, Chief of the Undersea World.
Spirit Wrestler Gallery
47 Water Street
Canada V6B 1A1
Toll Free: 1-888-669-8813
3 blocks from Waterfront Station
Between Abbott St. and Carrall St.
Monday to Saturday, open 10-6
Sunday and Holidays, open 12-5
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