This print illustrates Teetskin (the Thunderbird), Eah-toop (the great Fin Whale), and Hayitlik (the Lightning Snake). Teetskin exhibits his two Lightning Snakes proudly by spreading his great wings. The two serpents form the leading edge of the wing. Their coiled tails form the two breast plates of the Thunderbird. A fin whale is shown under the bird. The fin whale was one of the choice types taken by West Coast whalers, and it was thought to be a delicacy of the Thunderbird as well. The circle which contains these creatures symbolizes the sky.
A carver, graphic artist, and painter residing on the Ahaswinis Reserve where he was born, Ron Hamilton has made a vital contribution to the preservation and the continuation of threatened Nuu-Chah-Nulth art and design. The nephew of George Clutesi, Hamilton apprenticed with renowned carver Henry Hunt. A fisherman by trade, Hamilton works in Campbell River slate, wood, silver, gold, and ivory, employing the sea serpent as a characteristic motif.
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