The Thunderbird is a mythological animal that has the supernatural ability to cause thunder and lightning when required to impose law and order. Thunderbird is considered a grandfather figure who cares for the people. He sends gifts to people in their time of need and ensures people follow protocols.
In the Squamish Nation legend, Thunderbird is said to roost on top of Black Tusk Mountain in the territory now known as Whistler. He was said to be responsible for creating a devastating landslide that buried the nearby village of Spo7ez when he heard that villagers were feuding.
Common features of the Thunderbird found in Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations art are a hooked beak, large outstretched wings, and sharp talons. Thunderbird is often shown with horns on his head, which signify his supernatural powers and distinguish him from an eagle.