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.