Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Articles? What Articles.

In my search for the thunderbird, the sources that I have struggled with finding the most were journals and magazines.  Thunderbirds as actual birds, apparently, are not common in these types of materials.  Thunderbird searches for magazines and journals resulted in probably about 95% cars.  Being very specific in my searches lead to more promising results, however not always what I was looking for.  Most articles about the actual bird pertained to pieces of art – which thunderbirds are fairly common in– and not so much information about the bird itself.

I read about one account of a magazine article in 1848, although the actual magazine was not cited (Unexplained America).  Beyond that however, specific articles and journals were nearly impossible to find.  I found an article that looked very promising; it’s title being “Thunderbirds, Thunder-beings, Thunder-voices: The Application of Tradition Knowledge and Children’s Rights in Support of Aboriginal Children’s Education”.  I assumed that this would lead to some sort of valuable information pertaining to thunderbird history incorporated into the education of children.  Alas, past the title, there was no mention of the thunderbird.  This happened in most of the seemingly encourages articles.

Another article reported a sighting of a thunderbird in September of 2001 where four people sitting in a yard heard a great noise and supposedly saw a bird with a wingspan of over 20 feet fly past them.  The article explains the noises of the bird as it flew past, and the estimated height of the bird (Salem-News).  I Googled the news source, Salem-News, only to find that the only information about the site I could find was what was provided on the site itself.  There is a newspaper titled The Salem News, which is located in Massachusetts.  With this information, I am left unsure as to how credible this source is.
There was one article that did serve some importance; it was an article about World War II and a totem pole that resided on a ship.  While the story of war had no special significance to my search, the article did contain valuable background information to the thunderbird itself.  Granted the main information was knowledge that I found on every other source on thunderbirds, however this article made a connection between the bird and the war that was quite interesting, and also provided a small tale about the thunderbird.

There are so many different products, companies, and concepts with the name 'Thunderbird' that finding that actual bird has proved to be very difficult, especially when looking at articles and journals.

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