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Paula says: "Are you wondering why this item is not described as Native American? You can find the answer by clicking here."
Peyote Bird, Water Bird or Thunderbird?
The Water Bird is a symbol of the renewal of life, rainy seasons, rivers, distant travel, distant vision & wisdom. It is often also referred to as the Peyote Bird because the Water Bird plays a significant part in the Native American Indian Church Peyote meetings and, in fact, since the early 1900's has been the symbol of the NAC.
The Peyote/Water Bird is not a Southwest tradition,
but one of the Plains Indians. The Peyote Bird is connected with lightning,
thunder and visions. Those who dream of the thunder beings will become Heyokas,
those who do things backwards, upside down, or opposite. This is a Lakota
way of being. It is part of the medicine of the Heyoka to remind us that we should
not take ourselves too seriously - that's why Heyoka is often translated as the
Why isn't this item called Native American?
The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.