Thunderbird original Painting

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Power, Vitality, Innovation and Optimism

Helper of man, the Great Eagle of all Native Community, known as the supreme conqueror of the skies. Thunderbird is the largest and most powerful  totem of native people. He has horns and his wingbeats are said to produce thunder, while lightning flashes from his beak.

To the west coast people this great bird is the most powerful of all the spirits – the personification of “Chief”. Only a chief may wear this symbol.


Joshua is half Ojobway and was born in Barrie, ON. He grew up with his Father mostly in Barrie, but also went to live with his Mother in Wasauksing First Nation for short periods of his childhood from time to time. He learned to draw by doodling in his school noteboooks and drawing for fun with his Brother and Mother. Most if his family are very creative, both his Mother and Nokomis are talented quillbox makers.

He was never formally trained in acrylic painting and started practicing his craft in his early 20s. He graduated from the Graphic Design Program at NSCC in Halifax, NS in 2014 and has a passion for hand printed artwork. He now lives in Vancouver, BC where he works as a screen printer and paints at home

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