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Native American Thunder Mythology

Thunder is also used as a clan symbol in some Native American cultures. Tribes with Thunder Clans include the Ottawa (whose Thunder Clan is named Nimki) and the Caddo (whose Thunder Clan is named Kagahanin.)

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Here is our collection of Native American legends and traditional stories about thunder.

Native American Thunder Gods and Spirits

*Animiki (Ojibwe)
*Binesi (Anishinabe)
*Chequa (Potawatomi)
*Coneneses (Caddo)
*Gaqtugwewe'sm (Mi'kmaq)
*Hinun (Iroquois)
*Huhuk (Pawnee)
*Little Thunders (Seminole)
*Nonoma (Cheyenne)
*Tahu (Hidatsa)
*Thunder Being (Lenape)
*Thunder Brothers (Wabanaki)
*Thunderbird (Plains and Western tribes)
*The Thunderer (Sioux)
*Thunderers (Cherokee)
*Thunders (Iroquois)

Native American Legends About Thunder

*White Owl:
    Story of a Penobscot hero who was saved from a witch by the Thunder Brothers.
*The Origin of the Thunderbird:
    Story of a Passamaquoddy man who discovered the home of the Thunderers and was transformed into one of them.
*Thunder Son:
    Shawnee story about the son of a Thunder-man.
The Man Who Visited The Thunder-Beings:
    Lenape legend about the thunderers and their home in the sky world.
*The Girl Who Joined The Thunders:
    Legend about the Thunders rescuing a Lenape girl from the land of snakes.
*Grandfather Thunder:
    Lenape myth about the Thunderers.
*Mudjikiwis:
    Epic legend about ten Cree brothers and their Thunder wives.
*The Twin Brothers * The Brothers Who Became Lightning And Thunder:
    Caddo legends about the twin heroes, Thunder and Lightning.
*Ababinili and the Humans:
    Chickasaw myth about the Creator assigning Thunder and other elements roles to play in the lives of the people.

Recommended Books of Thunder Stories from Native American Myth and Legend

The Girl Who Helped Thunder:
    Collection of Native American folktales about thunder and other natural phenomena by Abenaki storyteller James Bruchac.
How Thunder and Lightning Came to Be:
    Picture book based on a Choctaw legend about the origin of thunder and lightning.
Weather Legends: Native American Lore and Science of Weather:
    Collection of weather myths from various tribes, including a chapter on thunder and lightning.



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