spent time in the spirit world he had time to reflect on all that
had happened and he began to observe the happenings in the physical
world very closely. As it turned out, by the 1870's, it was becoming
painfully obvious that the western Native peoples way of
life was rapidly drawing to an end. White Eyes armed forces had
superior weaponry, superior ability to supply and outfit the soldiers
in the field and they were determined to conquer the great Native
American spirit. Militarily, the ultimate outcome was inevitable.
The Native American warriors could not overcome the superior military
advantage and treachery that the white mans armed forces brought
into the field. The greatest medicine men from the major western
Native American nations searched diligently for an answer to their
somber prayers. They sought a solution to the inevitable end of
life as they knew it.
an evening near the time of a full moon during the winter of 1874
a Sioux Medicine Man named "Thunder" was performing a
deeply spiritual ceremony with "Eyes of Sky", who was
the highest Sioux medicine man. Suddenly Thunder let out a great
scream and fell to the ground. Eyes of Sky immediately ran to his
aide, but something had happened to Thunder and he was passing in
and out of physical consciousness. As Thunder passed in and out
of consciousness, he was clinging to his ancient, sacred turtle
shell rattle that had his name carved into it.
his fellow tribesmen gathered around, Thunder suddenly began speaking
from the deep sleep that he had fallen into. From Thunder's mouth
came a spiritual message. The message stated that the six major
tribes were to gather for an important Pow-Wow as soon as was practical,
and at the Pow-Wow, Thunder would reveal the spiritual plan that
had been passed along to him. As Thunder finished his message, he
slowly lifted his right arm to give his sacred turtle shell rattle
a slow, deliberate rattle. Then his arm went limp and Thunder was
of Sky told the fellow tribesmen that this was a message from the
spirit world and Thunders words were to be adhered to at once. The
word went out for the tribal spiritual leaders, tribal elders and
tribal chief's to meet at a secret, sacred location west of Elk
Mountain. The location was very near the Cheyenne River in South
Dakota and was to take place on the evening that the Earth Renewal
Moon was most full. That evening was New Year's eve by the white
were made and great excitement was in the air. Eyes of Sky greeted
each tribal representative personally. There was the great spiritual
leader "Eagle Feather" from the Cheyenne nation, "Snake
Dancer" from the Apache nation and "Running Bear"
from the Cherokee nation. There were many more, but these three,
along with Eyes of Sky represented the highest level spiritual leaders
in the western Native American world. Eyes of Sky was worried about
Thunder, but filled with great anxiety about what may occur during
that sacred evening.
the evening approached, Thunder faded in and out of a state of consciousness
that took him in and out of the spirit world. There was no doubt
that Thunder was being used as an intermediary for a great spiritual
revelation of some sort.
the tribal leaders gathered together around the huge fire, there
was great anticipation and nervousness, as Thunder seemed to be
nearing death. The experience had taken much of his life energy.
As Thunder was brought out to be placed by the great fire, there
was absolute silence. Everyone noticed his cherished, sacred turtle
shell rattle clutched tightly in his right hand. Time passed yet
Thunder uttered not a word. The others began a soft, melodic chant,
along with soft drumming. Thunder was barely breathing and they
hoped that their spiritual input could help bring Thunder back.
after several anxious hours, Thunders eyes slowly began to open
in a slow unsteady manner. He slowly began to sit up. The others
were looking on in complete amazement. Now the group was completely
silent. As Thunder began to slowly move into an upright position,
an eerie white glow began to emanate from his body. It seemed as
though he had actually passed into the spirit world already. Slowly,
he raised his turtle shell rattle with his right hand and slowly
began to make an eerie, long rattling sound with it.
the rattling began to fade and his right arm began to lower back
down, there was complete silence, but he spoke not a word. A very
uncomfortable silence fell over the scene. After another period
of time passed, slowly, his lips began to move, but at first, his
lips only moved feebly and were trembling, with no sound coming
what seemed like an eternity to the others, a voice did come forth
from Thunder's lips. However, the voice was not that of Thunder.
It was that of another man. He identified himself as "Redman"
and slowly explained about the way things were in the beginning.
He revealed to them the truth about what they had all thought was
merely an ancient legend. Redman revealed the truth about the Legend
of the Eagle and the Snake.
he began to speak, he said, "Our people have been nearly destroyed
by the white man. They have stolen our land, murdered our women
and children and have tried to break our Spirit. This must never
happen! Tonight, I will teach you several religious ceremonies that
the Great Creator taught to me long, long ago. These must become
a part of your regular Spiritual ceremony's. I will also give you
a spiritual pipe that when smoked will carry your thoughts quickly
and directly to the spirit world. After I finish with you tonight,
each one of you must return to your tribe and choose five of your
best warriors, five of your strongest, most loyal young women and
one of your most trusted Medicine Men to begin a journey in which
the very future of our people will be placed. These chosen few will
be required to accept total peace and harmony amongst themselves
and if they can accept these important conditions, they will go
forth on a secret, sacred journey to live far from any other people.
There they shall live until I return from the spirit world to proclaim
the moment for all tribes to be reunited in one powerful nation.
When I return on that day in the future it will serve as the signal
for the secret tribe that we will be created by you, and which shall
be called the "Tribe of the Eagle", to come down from
the mountains to announce their spiritually inspired decision. That
decision will be whether the unification of all tribes will mean
peace, or war against the white men. Our spirit will NEVER be broken
and if the Tribe of the Eagle brings a message of war, then our
warriors will create a plan that will bring horrible death and destruction
to the white man and cause his corrupt government to be destroyed.
As they have done to us, we will care not whether men, women or
children are killed through our message of war. If the decision
is that we will have peace, then so it shall be. We will offer our
word of peace to the white man and live in complete harmony. The
words of the messenger of the Tribe of the Eagle will not be questioned.
Any who question the decision are to be eliminated from the physical
world at once, as their true spirit will already be dead, and the
true spirit of our people cannot be put in harms way. In order to
authenticate the messenger from the Tribe of the Eagle, you are
hereby directed to take Thunders sacred turtle shell rattle, on
which I will emblazon a beautiful eagle feather directly below Thunder's
name, and give it to the tribe to be held as a most sacred item
until my return. Then, the turtle shell will serve to remind the
other tribe's that my words are pure and true, and their mission
will be to complete this prophecy. This is my message to you."
Then he began to reveal special ceremonies to the assembled group.
Redman taught them the ceremonies, he asked Eyes of Sky to go and
get his sacred pipe. Eyes of Sky immediately did as she requested
and returned with it. Then he asked him to bring it to Thunder.
Thunder slowly reached out his left hand as Eyes of Sky approached
and took the pipe. Redman then began a chant while Thunder lifted
the pipe towards the night sky. When Thunder's left arm was fully
extended, a bright glow came over Eyes of Sky's pipe. Redman commanded
Eyes of Sky to now take the pipe back.
pipe had a beautiful eagle feather emblazoned on it. Then Redman
commanded the group to smoke the pipe at once. The group complied
and as they each breathed in the smoke from the pipe, they felt
an eerie sensation deep within their souls. Then they felt horrible
pain and they all screamed out loud as the terrible pain became
unbearable. Then, suddenly the pain was gone.
told them not to be alarmed. He said that the pain that they felt
was the real pain of the Native American spirit and the pain of
their people who were being relocated to" reservations"
against their wills and even killed by the white man. It was up
to them to preserve the future of the people. He finished by saying,
"Go forth with brave hearts and fulfill my command." Then
the voice stopped and as the voice stopped, the glow surrounding
Thunder faded, except from his sacred turtle shell rattle. The turtle
shell rattle began to glow very brightly. Then the glowing stopped
and Thunder let out a loud groan and fell to the ground. His life
energy was gone, and he lay dead before them.
message was powerful and all present were silent and stunned. Slowly,
they began to move. Eyes of Sky was the first to reach Thunder's
side. He knew that they must take care of Thunder in order for his
passing into the spirit world to be tended to in an appropriate,
spiritual fashion. As he approached Thunder's lifeless body, he
saw the sacred turtle shell rattle, still clutched in the right
hand. The turtle shell now had a eagle feather emblazoned on it.
The eagle feather was located right under Thunder's name.
one present that night would ever forget any of this powerful experience
and they would go immediately back to their respective tribes in
order to answer Redmans command. They were all deeply sorrowed
at the passing of Thunder, but through his passing, they had been
able to receive the sacred message from Redman. All present were
deeply moved and carried the importance of the message deep within
their hearts for the rest of their earthly existence.
Part 1 To Be Continued
2003 Geoff Hampton
Hampton is an internationally known author, speaker, motivator and
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