Battle of the Orca and Thunderbird
This sculpture was awarded “Best in Show Sculpture” for the Artists for Conservation 2018 International Exhibition
The Cowichan people on the West Coast of Canada have a legend regarding a battle between a Killer Whale (Orca) and The Thunderbird.
There was a time during one spawning season when absolutely no salmon came up the Cowichan River.
Salmon were an important food source that sustained the Cowichan people through the winter, so they scouted the river and discovered a Supernatural Orca had claimed the mouth of the Cowichan River and was mercilessly eating the salmon.
The Cowichan people paddled their mighty war canoes out to The Orca, but trying with all their strength, they could not drive away the huge orca.
The medicine people of every Cowichan village were joined by all the people as they sang their most powerful songs, calling upon supernatural Thunderbird for help.
Thunderbird appeared and soon locked in a fierce battle with The Orca. Thunderbird was victorious and the salmon run was liberated.
In this sculpture, The Orca and Thunderbird can be seen interlocked in battle with Thunderbird latched tightly around the belly of The Orca.
Sculpted from Pyrophyllite from South Africa and suspended with an Acrylic rod above a beautiful base of hand cut and polished Aventurine from Brazil.