Thunder Stone


From: Canada | Quebec | Maniwaki | River Desert Reserve

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 29-10-92
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Algonkin
Provenience Canada | Quebec | Maniwaki | River Desert Reserve
Culture Area Northeast Culture Area
Locus Reservation six miles south of Maniwaki.
Section American
Materials Stone

Thunder Stone, unim kiw s n. These stones are not at all common and are very hard to obtain. Tradition has it that htese stones are what the thunder people (Unim kiwuk) throw. They are what cause the damage which the white people attribute to the lightening. When such a stone is found it is considered quite lucky for it is believed that they will never be struck with " thunder". The stones are passed on from generation to generation. this particular one is said to have belonged to the great grandmother of a man now living. Probably natural and unworked.

Length 8 cm
Width 5.7 cm
Depth 4 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Frederick Johnson (#1-93) / Gift of Frank Speck (#94-99), 1929

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