Piercing the Veil
Indigenous people who lived next to the saltwater around the far northwest USA and through British Columbia and Alaska boated on the surface of the waters to get from here to there, and received their sustenance from the waters below. I read an old anthropology article that spoke of this world above the waters as something of an illusion, the surface a veil covering a more real world below.
Note: The feathers Maynard uses are from private aviaries and zoos. When birds shed or discard their feathers every year, he recycles them in his art. Most feathers used are from birds not native to North America—even the crow feathers. The exception to using feathers from North America are those from turkeys and grouse. All feathers used in Maynard’s artwork are legal to have and sell.