The thunderbird, or animikii, as it is known in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe language) is a powerful winged being that figures significantly in Indigenous communities across North America. Legends and tales of the animikii have been passed down in the oral tradition for generations.
thunderbird or animikii, as it is known in Anishinaabemowin Ojibwe language is a powerful winged being that figures significantly in Indigenous communities across North America
[Thunderbird Spirit by Anishinaabe artist Norval Morrisseau (Copper Thunderbird). Image courtesy of]

In Native American mythology, a thunderbird presents in the supernatural form of a mighty bird, and lives in the clouds above the highest mountain tops. It has vivid, multi-coloured feathers, with sharp claws and teeth, and is big enough to pluck a whale out of the sea with its talons, like an eagle carries a fish. The flapping of its wings is said to create thunder, and lightening flashes from its eyes. In many stories, the thunderbird is seen as a protector from evil spirits and a life-giver, bringing storms and rain to grow crops. In other legends, the thunderbird comes to punish those of low moral integrity.

For thousands of years up to the present day, the spiritually symbolic Thunderbird has appeared on Indigenous totems and crests, as well as in paintings, carvings, clothing, and jewelry.

Today, it also appears on Laurentian Chief’s fur-trimmed indoor moccasins for men.
Rabbit Fur Moccasins with Native Thunderbird Design on Vamp
Beaded by hand, the thunderbird motif has been added to the vamp of these handsome suede slippers in tribute to the animikii of Indigenous mythology.

Laurentian Chief moccasins are handcrafted in Quebec, Canada. Made with the highest quality materials in pale grey suede, they are soft-soled and fleece-lined for extra cushioned comfort. Genuine rabbit fur trim adds a touch of luxury and classic warmth at the ankle.
Warm Lining in a pair of Canadian made moccasins
Described by customers as “beautiful”, “classy”, and “authentic”, Laurentian Chief fur-trimmed indoor moccasins for men are the most comfortable footwear you will ever own. Traditional in design and craftsmanship, the hand-beaded thunderbird brings a special symbolic element to these already exceptional slippers.
Rabbit Fur Beaded Moccasins made in Canada by Laurentian Chief
Laurentian Chief Rabbit Fur Moccasin Slippers
Available for online order in Men’s sizes 7-13.

“The strength of the fire, the taste of salmon, the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away, they speak to me. And my heart soars.” - Chief Dan George
Laurentian Chief Men's Rabbit Fur Moccasin Slippers


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