Thunderbird Mini Bentwood Box
Bentwood boxes are made from cedar planks, which have been steamed, cut and bent at a 90-degree angle to create a watertight and seamless structure. Unique to Northwest Coast Indigenous cultures, bentwood boxes have been used for both symbolic and everyday functions.
This bentwood box features a Thunderbird crest by Coast Salish artist and lawyer, Shain Jackson. The Thunderbird possesses the highest spiritual energy and represents the highest levels of power, courage and prestige.
Shain Jackson is a Coast Salish artist from the First Nation community of Sechelt. He is a lawyer who has represented the interests of Indigenous communities and organizations throughout British Columbia in relation to a broad array of issues. After years devoted to the legal profession, Jackson has taken a break to follow his passion as an artist. Currently, Jackson is the president of Spirit Works, an Indigenous-owned, operated and staffed company focused on the design, production and distribution of Indigenous artwork such as jewelry, bentwood boxes, paddles, and so on.
- Spirit Works, an Indigenous-owned and operated company founded by Jackson, produces each box in Vancouver using salvaged woods from milling operations.
- 3.5"l x 3.5"w x 2.5"h
- Features a laser-cut crest with abalone inlay on the lid