Just as the waters of St. Mary's River in Baawaating were once rushing rapids, so too were there once people who walked with lightning in their eyes. Whenever they looked at the people, they would kill them with a strike, and so they were asked to cover their faces. Even so, there were moments when their lightning escaped, and so they were asked to return to the waters. They did so to protect the people, and, from the waters they merged with, emerged all the many birds.
The thunderers remained looking over the people from the skies where they formed into storms to bring life. Sometimes, you can see their wings in the clouds or their talons in the lightning. Veterans who have protected Turtle Island say you can see them by honing your peripheral vision.
For generations, the thunderers brought forth rain and fires that renewed the lands and the waters for the plants, the animals, the fish. However, the unsatisfiable greed of another people brought about such vast changes to the lands and the waters that the people cried out for the return of the thunderbird people and their searing lightning.
And so they walked among the people again, through the people, in their hearts, in their eyes, in their voices, in their songs, and in their motion.
Listen to stories about thunderbirds and then reflect on your own or with a community.
- What teachings are related to thunderbirds?
- What is the meaning of thunderbirds to you?
- How do you imagine thunderbirds look and sound?