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Legendary Native American Figures: Thunderer (Wakinyan)
Wakinyan, known in English as the Thunderer or the Thunderbird, is a powerful sky spirit of Sioux mythology.
The Thunderer has the form of a giant bird, with wings that make the sound of thunder and eyes that shoot
lightning. The Thunderer is the mortal enemy of the horned serpent Unktehi.
Tribal affiliation: Sioux
Native names: Wakinyan, Waukkeon, Waukheon
Also Known As: Thunder Bird, Thunder Being, Thunder Spirit, Thunders
Type: Nature spirit, thunder, lightning
Related figures in other tribes: Thunderbirds, Animiki, Binesi, Seven Thunders
Wakinyan Tanka, the Great Thunderbird:
Lakota Sioux legends about the Thunderer.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
The Sons of the Wind: The Sacred Stories of the Lakota:
Collection of Sioux legends told by a Lakota author.
Book on traditional Lakota mythology, religion, and ritual.
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