The Thunderbird Clan is sometimes called The Hawk Clan. The element is Fire. The Medicine of Hawk is Messenger. Thunderbird/Hawk Clan people are doers. They are often leaders and they are usually in the spotlight expressing all their feelings. They will be invigorated by lightening and thunder and will like the air best just before and just after a storm. Thunderbird/Hawk people have a responsibility to all of the aspects of their Element sun, fire, and lightening. It is important for them to understand the power and purpose for these things and to remember always to give thanks for it. They seem to need the energy of Fire in all it’s forms to strengthen and renew the fire that is always within themselves.
The animal totems belonging to the Thunderbird/Hawk Clan are Red-tailed Hawk, Sturgeon, and Elk. Individuals of this Clan are born with the drive to Initiate. They are the trailblazers of the other Clans with the group consciousness to discover All that is New. Their function within the greater tribe of Humanity, is to be the people who broaden the boundaries which might otherwise limit the progression of Humanity within the physical plane. They are not traveling on the Good Red Road to build or to harvest, they are forging the way ahead in preparation of the planting and harvesting that is to be done by the other Clans. The challenge of the Thunderbird/Hawk Clan is to learn the gift of Patience, for to utilize our gifts to their fullest potential, we need also to have true understanding of that which would appear to be our polar opposite.
Visualize Hawk soaring high being held aloft by the invisible hands of the Four Winds. His eyes scan all below and before him with a perception that is without equal. Brother Hawk’s true desire is not to know what lies below. His true yearning is to join with Grandfather Sky.
Thunderbird/Hawk Clan souls are always looking for the higher union of Spirit. They will be restless and even anxious until they learn that true union comes first in the form of the union between Personality, Emotion, Mind and Soul. When the union has become complete, when the Thunderbird/Hawk Clan member has flown in each of the Four Winds and learned the lessons unique to each, then the union with Grandfather Sky can be attained.
~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related.
I am grateful for your insightful explanation. It is thorough and very useful and I got a lot out of it.
I recently discovered that I am a descendent of the Ojibwe Thunderbird clan (Binesi). My grandmother x 6 was born in Quebec in 1779. I have become very interested in my Ojibwe culture. I would like to know if I have an animal spirit guide, but I don’t know how to find out if I do. Can you help me?
can you give me any information abut Glory of the Morning married to Joseph Sabrevoir Descaris. I was wondering about her lineage.
Thank you for visiting my Native American Totem blog, I so very much appreciate it. I’m sorry but I can’t help you with finding the lineage of Glory of the Morning. I am not a genealogist but rather a student of the lessons to be learned from the Spirit Animals.
what does the thunderbird represent i have a school project and the teacher want what it represent
It greatly depends on the tribe as to the actual meaning of this sacred bird of the skies. For the most part, many tribal traditions believed that the bird would flap it’s giant wings and cause thunder and make the winds blow. Many also believed that it could shoot lightening from its eyes. Some believed that when you heard thunder from the Thunderbird, the spirits were at war in the skies.
There are some great Yahoo groups for searching Native genealogy, as well as searching the Dawes rolls. Also note that many times, tribal affiliation will not be listed — for many years Native peoples had to list their heritage as “black” or “negro” on the census as there was no option to list their own race.
Best of luck to you.
Thank you very much for the information. I am sure it will help others who read the blog, too.