- Materials: Silver 925 / Sterling Silver
- Artists: Cristiano Bruno Matilpi
- Totem Symbols: Thunderbird
- Styles: Canadian First Nations
- Categories: Earrings
The Thunderbird represents protection, power, and strength. He is considered the strongest of the totem animals, possessing supernatural power and credited with creating storms. When he blinks, lighting comes out of his eyes, and when he flaps his wings, thunder roars. He hunts and eats whales by using the two lightning snakes kept under his wings.
Cristiano Bruno Matilpi
Born in B.C. in 1981 of an Italian father and a first nation mother of Kwakiutl tribe Namsiis in Albert Bay. Raised in Italy for 12 years with early exposure to art and music. By the age 15, he started to learn native carving. With the inspiration and guidance of his uncle Charles Harper, Cristiano has grown as a young artist. He has benefited by the encouragement of his uncle Dennis Matilpi, cousins Mike Matilpi, Carrie Mutilpi. He is enjoying his carving career, loves Hummingbird, wolf, Killer Whale and Eagle.