"If you find fear in your heart go into the mountains and stand high on the peak, watch the storm come over the horizon, see the lightning, hear the thunder and know all this power is small in comparison to the power of the Great Bird to guide you well upon your path."
- - Algonquin Knowledge - -
There's an old legend about a great, circular stone nest that contains Thunderbird eggs perched high atop a place called Bird
As the legend goes, one summer day a young Algonquin hunter went up Bird Mountain to pick blueberries. However, instead of coming back down from the mountain with a basket full of blueberries, he came back with a basket full of blue egg-shaped stones. He'd found the great stone Thunderbird nest and had stolen the eggs!
The tale goes on to tell how a great bird would come looking to avenge anyone who removed its sacred stone eggs. So a few days later, while the man was hunting in the bush, a Thunderbird circled over his head. He was struck by lightning and he fell dead to the earth like an old tree. After that the sacred eggs he stole mysteriously vanished. It's said the Thunderbird took them back to its great stone nest atop the mountain.
The Thunderbird then came back and bit off the Algonquin man's head with its sharp beak. The Thunderbird took the head and perched it near its great nest to watch over the precious eggs. When the Thunderbird returned each spring, thunder and lightning rained down on the head. This powerful medicine made it grow and grow and it became a giant stone. The giant stone head became "The Watcher" of Bird Mountain who still guards the sacred Thunderbird nest to this very day.
Since then many people have searched for Bird Mountain but nobody knows where to find it. They’ve hunted all over for the great stone nest of the Thunderbird too, but nobody’s ever been able to find it either. Some say it’s just a legend. Others think the stone Thunderbird nest of sacred eggs still remains atop Bird Mountain
It’s been said that in the Time of the 7th Fire, which is now present day, people from all the Four Directions of the World will quest to find Bird Mountain. And when they do, they'll know they've found Bird Mountain and the place of the sacred Thunderbird nest because The Watcher will still be there faithfully guarding it until the return of The Great Bird.
In the autumn of 2011, guided by a recurring medicine dream, I found Bird Mountain. Come with me to the top. I'll show you the sacred stone nest. And here I will share with you the teachings of The Great Bird.