from Chapter 12
Scientists and Storytellers
The Survivors: The Lakota Nation of Native Americans
This story, which describes a worldwide fire and deluge, along with giant animals that sound very much like descriptions of Ice Age animals, very closely matches the scientific evidence we have uncovered. The story tells of Thunderbirds in the sky, and to this day, some people say that one of the Lakota tribes, the Blackfeet, has a sacred ceremonial pipe, made of “thunderstone,” a rare piece of an iron meteorite. Tribal elders say that it fell from the sky after the Thunderbirds created it in a terrible lightning...