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Bismarck, North Dakota: Four-Headed Thunderbird Statue

It looks like an Aztec version of John Carpenter's "The Thing." Based on four archetypal Thunderbird myths from around America, it was created by students at United Tribes Technical College.

Steamboat Park

2190 River Rd, Bismarck, ND
In Steamboat Park along the Missouri River, northwest of the city. On the west side of River Rd just south of the I-94 overpass.
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Four-Headed Thunderbird Statue

A very neat sculptural piece. It's near the Lewis & Clark area in Keelboat Park.

[Rose Howe, 08/03/2021]

Thunderbird statue.

Four-Headed Thunderbird Statue

The bird statue is neat, but there is also a replica of Lewis and Clark's keelboat by Butch "Mr. Keelboat" Bouvier of Onawa, Iowa. And the view of the Missouri River is spectacular.

[Laura, 06/14/2012]


Four-Headed Thunderbird Statue

Stopped at the Thunderbird Statue while in Bismarck. The wife said it was worth the detour, so you know it must be good. Located right on the river it is a good spot for a picnic. Probably a great spot to relax in the summer. There is a trail, grills, even a pop machine and small ship for kids to play on.

[Chris Gemlo, 02/23/2011]

Thunderbird statue.

4-Headed Thunderbird Sculpture

This rather unusual sculpture, comprising four Thunderbird heads facing in four directions, is in Steamboat Park on the banks of the Missouri River. It represents four archetypal Thunderbird myths from four geographic regions of the US. Accompanying plaques tell those stories, and a fifth tells the story of the creation of the sculpture by student artists from the United Tribes Technical College.

[Mike Peters, 12/03/2008]

It looks like an Aztec version of John Carpenter's The Thing.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Big Lewis and Clark and Sacajawea FiguresBig Lewis and Clark and Sacajawea Figures, Bismarck, ND - < 1 mi.
Reflections: Big Shiny Ball and EagleReflections: Big Shiny Ball and Eagle, Bismarck, ND - < 1 mi.
North Dakota Hall of FameNorth Dakota Hall of Fame, Bismarck, ND - 2 mi.
In the region:
Statue of Lewis and Clark's Big Dog, Washburn, ND - 35 mi.

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