Legendary Native American Figures: Hinon (Hinun, Hinu, Hino')
Name: Hinon Tribal affiliation:Iroquois Alternate spellings: Hino', Hine, Heno, Henon, Hinu, Hinun, Henoh, Hinen, Heynuh, Hinnon, Hihnon Pronunciation: hee-noon, hee-noan, or hee-nun, depending on the tribe Also known as: Grandfather, Thunder Chief, Rain Old Man Type:Thunder god, nature spirit Related figures in other tribes:Thunderbird, Animikii, Wakinyan
Hinon is the Iroquois thunder god. He is the eldest brother and leader of the winged race of
Thunders, magical beings
who live in the sky and cause thunder and lightning. Although the Thunders are dangerous
and their gaze can bring death to mortal men, they usually play a positive role in
Iroquois legends and spirituality and are typically portrayed as honorable and fair.
Hinon is the sworn enemy of the horned serpent
and often rescues people from the serpent.
Hinon is usually described as an ally of the culture hero
and in a few accounts, is a third brother of Sky-Holder and Flint.
He is typically depicted as a winged man, although he is sometimes said to shapeshift in form
between a human and a giant bird. In some stories he has taken Iroquois women as wives and
produced demigod children. Some Iroquois people, particularly the Senecas, refer to Hinon as
"Grandfather," and the high god
Hawennio may be
one of his aspects.