Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
April 8, 2000 - Issue 07

Blue Eagles
sent to Canku Ota by Jaime, age 10, grade 5

One day when the continents were connected and the Earth was new, a young Cherokee warrior called Running Bear went to hunt in the magical woods.

While he was hunting, he looked up in the trees to see if any animals were there. He didn't see any animals. He saw something even better, something that no one had ever seen before. A blue eagle was flying eight feet above Running Bear. Running Bear turned to see if any other blue eagles were flying in the other direction, but there were no other blue eagles.

Running Bear turned back to hunt, and then he noticed a beautiful young Indian lady.

Running Bear asked, "Who are you"?

She answered, "I am the blue eagle you just saw. I am your animal guide, and I am here to deliver a message to you".

" I don't believe you are my animal guide. How can a blue eagle transform into a human being? If you are my animal guide why are you here? ", he questioned.

She replied, "I am appearing as a human because you need to see me as a human to understand my message. The message is that to find your true love, you need to find and open your heart. What you seek is right in front of you".

Running Bear then asked, " What do you mean by that?" She replied, "When your heart is open, you will understand."

Running Bear replied, "How do I find and open my heart?"

At that, she vanished, and he looked up in the sky and saw a blue eagle flying again.

Running Bear thought to himself: Is this happening, is this a dream? Open my heart? What does that mean? No way can a blue eagle turn into a human.

Running Bear continued on his hunt. The sun was setting as the sunlight streamed through the forest carving paths of light. Running Bear decided this was a good spot to make camp for the night. Running Bear gathered grass and pine needles for a bed, Running Bear gathered kindling for a fire, and he found some berries and water from a near by stream. After eating, he was full, so he went to bed so he could rise with the sun.

Running Bear had a dream about the paths of sunlight he saw as the sun set earlier in the day. One of the paths almost seemed to says "follow me, follow me". Running Bear didn't understand why he should follow the path, but he did. As Running Bear was following the path, the path got brighter and brighter as it went on. He didn't understand why the path was getting brighter as the sun was going down.

At the end of the path were thirty-six blue eagle feathers and a heart!

Suddenly, Running Bear woke up and realized he had had a dream. Running Bear thought to himself, "I shall follow the path I saw in my dream. It all seems so clear to me now. I shall find my heart at the end of the path."

Running Bear proceeded along the path he saw in his dream. As Running Bear was walking, the sun was rising and getting brighter, the birds were chirping louder, and animals were roaming in the forest. In the distance, Running Bear saw something that caught his attention.

As he got closer it became clearer, until finally he arrived to see before him, lying in the path, these magnificent blue eagle feathers. Running Bear exclaimed, "This is what I saw in my dream, but where is the heart?"

Running Bear picked up the feathers and laid them on a tree stump, as a gust of wind lifted the feathers and they transformed into the beautiful young lady he saw a day ago who was standing before him. Running Bear's animal guide told Running Bear that his heart had been with him all along, and he just didn't listen to his heart.

Running Bear finally realized that all along his heart had been speaking to him. When he found that he had his heart, he learned to listen to the voice inside of him, for it is the voice inside of us that can answer all of our questions.

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