The shields of the Plains Indians are prized more for their Spiritual
Protection than for their ability to fend off wounds from weapons. Each
shield is painted and adorned to give the bearer a certain power.
This shield represents the Thunder Being.
The Thunder Beings are spirits or perhaps extraterrestrial visitors
that harbor in the Spring season bringing new growth and abundance but
can also bring lightning and destructive storms.
The designs on this shield are to protect the owner but to send harm (hail and lightning) to the enemy.