The Thunderbird was created Nanabozho, a spirit in Anishinaabe creation storytelling – to fight underwater creatures and to protect humans against evil spirits. They arrived in the spring and headed south in the fall. As ‘spirits of the sky realm,’ thunderbirds were believed to be links between the spirit and the physical world. They are revered and considered sacred.
The Thunderbirds are supernatural, powerful Manitous(spirits), and can create rain, wind and violent thunderstorms with their wings and eyes.
They are gigantic birds who protect the Anishnabek(Ojibwe).
The Saugeen First Nation stone crew is currently creating a large scale Thunderbird in slate at the entrance to the Amphitheater that is currently being restored!
Built in recognition of the violations and abuses of Indigenous women, an issue currently affecting Indigenous people in Canada and the United States, including the First Nations, Inuit, Metis and Native American communities.
Saugeen First Nation #29
6418 Kings Highway 21
Chippawa Hill, ON
Builders: Dylan Roote, James Besito, Andre Lemieux, Andrew Pritchard, Kenny Davies and Dean McLellan