posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 06:36 PM
You know what I think?
I think that originally in the 1800s in America, White Western Amercans couldnt handle the concept of the amrican indian legends - in other words,
they took the mythologies of the Indains literally, in a country they didnt have much concept of at the time.
The Indian thunderbird, I feel has more to do with cloud formations, thunder and lightning than it does with an actual bird, and the ability of Indian
tribes to use their imaginations, or imagine those things through image based concepts - therefore, this legend has always been based around an image
- that we all imagine (or want to imagine) we have seen (and the way the myth and hoaxes have helped to encourage this) mean we see what we want to
see - just like those earlier frontiersmen were both frightened and mystified by these legends and exaggerated what they saw from large eagles etc.
I think, with the advent of photography, this was one of those myths that was crying out to be exploited by people makin gmoney from it in the 'freak
shows' and sensational stories of the time...
I dunno, just my thoughts, but this idea of the 'missing' photo has been going on for at least 40 years. No one has found it yet, (though everyone
thinks they have seen it) - and not even the Internet has turned up the lost 'legendary' photograph either. Its an urban myth... nothing more