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Three-dimensional eagle head carved from soapstone.
Soapstone Navajo Indian eagle sculpture, 2004

Native ceremonial objects and the Medicine Wheel often include the eagle as a spirit or power animal. The eagle represents the vision, insight, leadership, healing, and wisdom needed to overcome health and life issues. In Native legend, the thunderbird is a powerful spirit in the form of a bird, sometimes eagle-like, who produces thunder from his wings and lightning flashes from his eyes. The thunderbird projects power, protection, and even fear.

Courtesy F. B. Wood Collection