Wakíŋyaŋ is a Lakota word for "thunder."
The word is usually translated as "Thunder Spirits", "Thunder Beings," or "Thunder Birds".  Heyokas, that is contrarians, dream of Wakinyan and can burn cedar (Juniperus scopulorum) to protect themselves from thunder and lightning, since Wakinyan respects and will not harm that tree.
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- Legendary Native American Figures: Thunderer (Wakinyan)
- Tyon, Thomas (1991). Walker, James R., ed. Lakota Belief and Ritual. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. p. 155.
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