“And God created the great sea monsters, and every living creature that moves, which the waters produced according to their kind, and every winged bird according to their kind. And God saw that it was good. “
As a child, I was a huge fan of the Thunderbirds TV show . The series, with puppets, concerned a rescue organization that operated five special rescue craft, some of which were rockets, called Thunderbirds. However, it didn’t occur to me to ask where they got the title from.
It turns out that Thunderbirds are legendary creatures that appear in Native American stories, especially in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Here is part of a history of the Sioux:
One day long ago, before the white man came to America, a band of Sioux Indian warriors was hunting. They had left their village far behind. Before they knew it, the group of mighty men found themselves alone in the rocky wastelands of the West. Suddenly, the sky went dark … There was a thunder that shook the earth. Looking terrified, the Indians thought they saw the shape of a giant bird falling to the ground …
Large flying creatures that cast gigantic shadows on the earth? These don’t sound like ordinary birds. First Nation people from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada report battles at sea between Thunderbirds and orcas. These were clearly fearsome beasts with large wings.
If the descriptions are considered impartially, the creatures described sound more like a Pteranodon: flying creatures, classified by evolutionists along with dinosaurs. It seems at least possible that Native Americans have seen pterodactyls and other extinct flying creatures. This would be consistent with what we read in the Bible.
Prayer: Lord we know, that we still do not understand everything in the world around us. Thank you, because what we learn about the world, when we review it, is consistent with what we know from your word. Amen.
Ref: Johnson, W. (2002), <https://answersingenesis.org/dinosaurs/dragon-legends/thunderbirds/>, Thunderbirds, accessed 3/31/2018.
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