More On Lakota Thunderbirds

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 14th, 2007

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Following up on the current report of Thunderbirds or Mothmen from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation mentioned yesterday, I wanted to share this map of the location of the sightings.

Standing Rock South Dakota Map

The Lakota and Dakota have stylization their representations of Thunderbirds for hundreds of years.

Dakota Tbird

How some of these have come into white culture is as subtle as these designs published in Boy’s Life a few decades ago.

Beaded Thunderbird Rosette

Boy’s Life, the Boy Scout magazine, used to have a monthly column from “Whittlin’ Jim” (1946-1991), and this is an example of one of his “slides of the day.” All were without copyright.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

3 Responses to “More On Lakota Thunderbirds”

  1. twblack responds:

    Thanks for the update.

  2. shumway10973 responds:

    quite cool

  3. hollypossumangel responds:

    I saw one of these things, about twenty 8 years ago in Arizona. My brothers and I were tubing on the Verde river in Nov. [yeah we were crazy]. Anyway along came this huge grey bird and a bald eagle was fighting with it. That’s how I figured out that the wingspan must have been about 14-16 feet. We were amazed. It looked like some kind of condor in in wing configuration, it was all one color of lighter grey no patterns of any kind. I was separated from the others and it flew lazily over me very close so I could tell that its body with tail was at least the same length as mine, I’m 5’5″. I’ve never seen a description of this bird in any ornithology books even though as you can imagine I have searched for one ever since.

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