Legendary Native American Figures: Thunderers (Ani-Hyuntikwalaski)
Name: Thunderers Tribal affiliation:Cherokee Native names: Aniyvtiqualosgi, Aniyvdaqualosgi, Anihyvdagwalosgi, Ani-Hyuntikwalaski, Ani-Yuntikwalaski, Anihyu-tikwalaksi.
These are all plural forms; the singular form for referring to just one Thunderer is Ayvdaqualosgi, Ahyvdagwalosgi, etc. Pronunciation: varies by dialect; usually similar to ah-nee-yun-duh-gwall-skee Also Known As: Thunders, Thunder Beings, Thunder People, Thunder Boys Type:Nature spirit, thunder, lightning Related figures in other tribes:Thunderbirds, Animikii, Wakinyan, Pinesi
The Thunderers are a clan of powerful storm spirits
who live in the sky and command thunder and lightning. They are human in form, unlike many tribes where thunder spirits
appear as birds. In some Cherokee communities, the Thunderers are believed to be the the sons of the corn mother Selu
(also known as the Thunder Boys) and their descendants. In other communities the Thunder Boys are considered
distinct from the Ani-Hyuntikwalaski, with the Thunder Boys belonging to the sacred mythic era, and the Ani-Hyuntikwalaski
belonging to the material world.