‘Moonsongs with Thunderbird’ by Richard Sedillo
A stunning carved wooden statue by Richard Sedillo (Navajo-Apache) which won First Place Blue Ribbon at the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial in New Mexico, which Annabel Du Boulay attended.
Carved from Cedar on Red Cedar with a Silver Thunderbird medallion and Turquoise. Cedar is an important Native American ceremonial wood and herb associated with prayer, healing and protection. The Thunderbird represents power, protection and strength. Turquoise was more precious than gold to the Native American tribes, symbolising the sky, life-giving water, blessings, good fortune, protection, good health and longevity.
Both sides of the statue are carved, with the pueblo (his home-village) etched inside the Native American Indian’s blanket, whilst he holds his feather, the symbol of his courage and integrity.
He stands strong and proud, a wise warrior and protector of his home and community.