Eagle and Thunderbird
Legends and Lore

Last updated on 4/13/07

Duke's recent and upcoming programs open to the public


Duke Addicks’ Powerful Storytelling Presentations have fascinated hundreds of audiences of adults and older children.

Bagpipes used by Scottish fur traders and American Indian drums and flutes are often played by Duke as part of his storytelling.

Invite Duke to tell his stories at your group’s next meeting, special event, festival, campfire or outing.

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(651) 643-0622
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National Eagle Center

American Indian Pictograph of a thunderbird connected to a human by a speech line from Wisconsin's Roche-a-Cri State Park.

Naturalist, master storyteller and environmental educator Duke Addicks' powerful presentation combines the latest scientific knowledge about eagles with American Indian eagle and thunderbird stories and music.

  • Invite Duke to tell his Eagle and Thunderbird Legends and Lore at your next eagle watching or environmental education event.

  • Attend one of his eagle watching tours at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

  • See one of his presentations at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota. Call (651) 565-4989 for information on upcoming presentations -- Duke usually feeds the eagles and tells his stories there on Fridays in the early afternoon.

Duke feeds Angel, one of the eagles at the National Eagle Center, while telling an eagle legend to the audience.

As storyteller and chief justice for the Three Rivers Indian Community, Duke has been authorized to collect and tell traditional tales about eagles and the mysterious thunderbirds. As a long-time volunteer naturalist for the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, as a contract instructor for many years at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and as a volunteer educator at the Raptor Center of the University of Minnesota, Duke knows about eagles. He has completed professional development instruction at the College of Veterinary Medicine in the care and management of captive raptors and is a volunteer educator and eagle handler/caretaker at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota.

Duke selects stories from those of the Indian tribes historically located where he is speaking, so his audience learns the eagle and thunderbird legends and lore of the Indians of their own area.

Duke will play an eagle-effigy cedar flute during some of the stories.

At the conclusion of the program, Duke will play American Indian eagle-dance songs on his flute and thunder drum, and will invite the audience to participate in a brief, traditional dance to honor the eagles.