Storms were an everpresent threat for the fisherman of the villages of the spit. Their boats, the kurėnai, bore on their main masts a weathervane. Not so much for determining wind direction, but as an identification of the village of origin of the vessel, and a talisman for its safe return from the travails of the day. Of oak, and gaily painted, the windvanes bear images of village life, the symbol of their home port, and a crowning avatar of the sun, for luck and good fortune.
Today, tourists walk the promenades at Nida, at Juodkrante or at Priema or Parvalka , above their heads, the windvanes twirl. No longer atop a fishing boat, but still a siren call to those who go down to the sea in boats.