Film Crew Documents Tuscola Chief’s 1977 Big Bird Story

Posted by Chris Parker
Oct 13 2005

FINDLAY, Illinois — The large “Thunderbirds” return every 27 years to steal away the children of the Cherokee people, according to legend.

On Sunday, Chief John “A.J.” Huffer returned to the lake where he claimed to have filmed two such Thunderbirds almost 27 years ago.

Were they really the monstrous predators of Cherokee lore, or were they just turkey buzzards basking in the warmth of summer?

Huffer believes in the former. But a film crew from Canada is trying to separate fact from fiction, and, perhaps, entertain young viewers of the non-fiction show “Mystery Hunters” in the process.

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