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Debra Sparrow© Thunderbird Embroidered on Red Plush Velura™ Throw Blanket
Thunderbird Velura™ Throw. Soft, plush Velura™ fabric throw, embroidered with Debra Sparrow's simple yet powerful Thunderbird design. The Thunderbird is a Native American symbol of creation marking the separation between the heavens and the earth. As the Creator, Destroyer and Controller of Nature, the Thunderbird must be honored and appeased at all cost.
The Thunderbird is a supreme Nature Spirit. Its eyes were made from the sun and, upon waking in the morning, the Thunderbird issued the dawning day. When retiring at night, its sleepily closing eyes marked the onset of dusk.
All designs licensed through Debra Sparrow or the Museum of Anthropology and come with a hang tag about this artist.
Size: 50” x 60”
Artist: Debra Sparrow
Color: Red with Embroidered Thunderbird
Content: 100% Polyester (Soft Velura™)
Origin: USA Made.
Care Instructions: Machine wash separately with cold water on gentle cycle. Tumble dry low heat. No bleach and no iron.
An ideal way to celebrate any trip to the North West is with an item that is unique to this region and carries much significance in the native community.
About The Artist:
"Everything I do is a reflection of my people. The ancestors speak to me through this creative gift. I, in turn, share it with you and others who take the time to stop and ask the questions - Reflections, traditional designs, contemporary colors... ." Debra Sparrow
Debra is a self-taught Musqueam designer who was born and raised on the Musqueam Indian Reserve. She integrates her peoples' history into her art and design work which can be seen in various museums and institutions. It is Debra's hope to educate others about the beauty and integrity of her people's history through her art.
Debra is an acclaimed weaver who has been weaving for twenty years and is deeply involved with the revival of Musqueam weaving. Debra and her sister, known as the Sparrow Sisters, felt a need to find their roots; they wanted to know what their place was in the world.
They decided that their path to this knowledge was through traditional crafts. Debra chose to pursue jewelry making, but later found herself involved more and more with weaving. Debra and her sister organized a local group of Musqueam weavers who wove traditional blankets. They were inspired by an old blanket passed down in their family. Now Debra is involved with the commercial production of blanket designs in clothing as well as blankets.