American Indian language
American Indian culture
What's new on our site today!
Legendary Native American Figures: Thunderers (Ani-Hyuntikwalaski)
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.
Stories about the Thunderers
The Man who married the Thunderer's Sister:
Cherokee legend about a man who tried to join the Thunderers.
Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
Friends of Thunder: Folktales of the Oklahoma Cherokees:
Collection of Cherokee legends including several tales of the Thunderers.
History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees:
Detailed compendium of Cherokee oral history from the 1800's.
Southeastern Native American Legends:
Book comparing the traditional stories of the Cherokee and other Southeast tribes.
Seeking the Corn Mother's Wisdom
Cherokee people today
North Carolina Indians
Southeast Woodland Native Americans
Native Languages of the Americas website © 1998-2015 Contacts and FAQ page
Back to Legendary American Indian Characters
Back to Native American Myths and Legends for Kids
Indian art paintings
Native dream catchers
Native Indian tattoos
Would you like to help support our organization's work with endangered American Indian languages?