Native American language * Native American culture * What's new on our site today!

  * Find Native American ancestors in your family tree

Legendary Native American Figures: Thunderer (Wakinyan)

Name: Thunderer
Tribal affiliation: Sioux
Native names: Wakinyan, Waukkeon, Waukheon
Pronunciation: wah-keen-yahn
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, 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.

Thunderer Stories

*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.
Lakota Myth:
    Book on traditional Lakota mythology, religion, and ritual.

Sponsored Links

Additional Resources

 Singing for a Spirit
 Sioux legends and stories
 Siouan languages
 Lakota language
 Dakota pronunciation
 Lakota words
 Sioux Indian tribes
 South Dakota tribes map
 Great Plains tribes Native Americans

Back to Legendary Native American Characters
Back to Native American Myths and Legends for Children

Indian art paintings * Penobscot River * Cherokee home * Native dream catcher * Native Indian tattoo

Would you like to help support our organization's work with endangered American Indian languages?

Native Languages of the Americas website 1998-2015 * Contacts and FAQ page