Pihesiw Thunderbird Blank Greeting Card
A symbol of power. Ruler of the sky. The eyes of the Thunderbird flash lightening, and the wing beats cause thunder. A connection to the Spirit world, the Thunderbird is known to help those in need. The card design is based on a Cree tattoo symbol used by Four Sky Thunder and other spiritual leaders. Tattoos were traditionally applied during ceremonies to give the wearer the symbol's of protection.
Elizabeth has used Cree syllabics to describe each image. The syllabics were invented by missionaries in Canada (1830-1860) to create a written form of Cree and Ojibway. The primary purpose was to teach Christianity to Indigenous People. Elizabeth is a member of the Mistawasis Nehiyawak in Saskatchewan. Her work is inspired by the artistic traditions and storytelling of the Plains Cree.