This is the seventh in a series of ten paintings for my thesis, An Illustrative Exploration of Birds of Prey in History and Culture. This is a look at the bald eagle in Native American beliefs.
Both eagles native to North America (the golden and bald) were revered by many tribes. Since I already explored the golden eagle in Mongolian culture, I decided to explore the place of the bald eagle in Native American culture.
This eagle was especially respected in the Pacific Northwest, where fish was an important food source both for people and eagles. The figure of the bald eagle appears on carvings, sculptures, masks, and other works of art. I portrayed it here with a salmon, which is an important food source.
I'm glad you too know the truth about bald eagles! Bald eagles get most of their food from piracy (usually from ospreys) or scavenging. Still, they do hunt some fish, and occasionally waterfowl if they can catch it.
One of my favorite birds of all. The Bald Eagle! With one of his favorite foods the salmon or is that a trout? The scenary looks similar to areas around the inside passage of Alaska and around Puget Sound in Washington state. Excellent job on this!
Thank you! I'm glad you saw something more than the 'bold, proud, patriotic' stare too many artists seem to give their bald eagles. Frankly. I think they all look the same. There's no reason the feature list of a bald eagle can't include 'curious'.