Thunderbird Bolo Tie, 1976
by Dixon Shebola, Zuni
sterling silver, inlays of jet, turquoise, shell, and coral
Bolo: 3.5" x 2.5"
The Thunderbird is a mythical creature of huge importance to the Native Americans of both the United States and Canada. An enormous bird, he symbolized great power, strength, and protection for humans against evil spirits. Able to transform into human form by removing his head like a mask and his feathers like a cape, he was considered the most powerful of all Spirits in Native American culture.