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Originally posted by lepracornman
well there is'nt really much evidence on this "thunder bird"
i heard it was some sort of viking norsemen myth?
Originally posted by Webmonkey336
I was watching the Discovery Channel and I saw this show about large killer cretures that were around at the same time as man. One of them was a giant bird that could pick up a man and fly away with him/her. The birds were around a few thousand years ago. Maybe they survived?
Originally posted by cleasterwood
I guess nobody around here reads Native American mythology. First off, the Thunderbird is revered as the Native American's great creator deity, not viking, aborigonies, etc. but American Indian. Many Native cultures have the thunderbird as a deity: Navajo, Apache, Cherokkee, just to name a few. I suppose such a creature could exist. Who's to say what exists and what doesn't in this age that has lost touch with even it's most primitive roots. I believe a lot of these things exist but being so blinded by material greed, we can't open our eyes wide enough to see them.
I can't believe no one around here researches Native American myths though. I'm on several sites that seem to ignore these cultures; such a pity these wonderful cultures get totally ignored as they have much to offer.
Originally posted by Gazrok
Many different cultures have giant bird myths. They're probably based on two things...actual large birds, and larger birds that coexisted with ancient man. Remember, some of the birds our ancestors encountered made condors look like swallows, hehe.... So it's only natural that these made their way into legend.
There are some great hoax pics out there by the way. One was of a civil war era photo, still looks pretty interesting, even though it was part of an ad campaign. Another was of one nailed to a barn, but that pic is harder to find. Saw it on here once, a couple years back, but then the link was broken....
Originally posted by Gazrok
Yep, there were apparently some sightings near where I used to live in Kodiak, AK... Still not much more than some witness accounts.
The biggest problems with an aerial cryptid though, is it would be almost impossible to hide a breeding population from observation....
The Thunder Bird myth is perhaps one of the most wide spread among the Native Americans. Thunder Bird mythlore can be categorized into two types: as a benevolent (or sometimes malicious) nature deity, or a type in which the bird is not spiritual but corporeal and co-extant with the aboriginal inhabitants of pre-colonial North America.