The Legend of Thunderbird
"A young boy stood by the ocean's shore watching a small pod of Whales playing in the bay. They dove, breached and chased small fish. There was a rumbling sound far off behind the mountains. The boy listened carefully, trying to figure out what the noise was. It came closer, now it sounded more like thunder than rumbling. A massive shadow spread across the water. Looking up, the boy saw a giant bird swooping towards the ocean. The bird's Eye's flashed like lightning. The flapping of its wings sounded like thunder. The giant bird's talons stretched out, its claws wide open.
With a huge splash the bird hit the water. The boy shrieked when he saw what was in the bird's talons. The mighty bird came slowly from the water. Its powerful wings struggled to hold onto its prey. Water flowed from the whale as it struggled to free itself from the grip of the talons. The whale moved helplessly, like a crab. Higher and higher the bird flew until it was above the mountain top where it let out an ear piercing screech. The whale was too heavy, forcing the bird to fall from the sky. Having no choice, the giant bird reluctantly dropped the whale on top of the mountain.
Upon returning to the village, the boy told his story to his grandfather who was honored to tell his grandson that he too, in his youth, had seen the Mighty Thunderbird."
Artist Signed and Hand Carved from Cedar in Ketchikan, Alaska