Published on November 20, 2012 by Casey
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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.