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Legendary Native American Figures: Thunderer (Wakinyan)
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, 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.
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.
Singing for a Spirit
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