seven spiritual leaders each had their own special place where they
felt most comfortable. At these special places, each sought wisdom
and direction many times through the years. As each one traveled
to their special places, their minds became filled with too many
words and a sense of confusion. As they each set up camp at their
own private spot, their deliberations and searching began. They
each started chanting and softly drumming. Their eyes searched the
daytime sky. Their eyes searched the evening sky. They could not
sleep. None ate food.
the third day of their spiritual searching, each began dancing rituals.
They were exhausted and their hunger was severe. They built great
fires at night to dance and chant by. On the fifth day they each
built a sweat lodge. While exhausted, the sweat felt so good to
them. As the time progressed each at their separate location experienced
a great vision. In their great vision, there was at first a great
light that blinded their eyes. They tried to cover their eyes with
their hands, but the blinding light was not diminished. They felt
as though they would cry out in pain because their eyes began to
feel as though they were on fire. After what seemed like an eternity
to the men, the light slowly began to transform into a face.
light began to pale and the face became very clear. A voice came
forth from the face and it spoke, saying, "I am Thunder. I
am the one with whom Redman came to so very long ago. I, along with
Raven Spirit, the first tribal leader of the Tribe of the Eagle
have requested an opportunity to communicate with you. I will speak
first. You have a decision to make that will mean the very future
of our people everywhere. We are all of a strong heritage and yet
we have all had our land stolen from us by the white man. The white
man has murdered our people and driven us like animals from our
beloved homelands. The truth is that the white man has always been
very powerful and treacherous. Today, the white man is much more
powerful than you can even imagine. I have seen their power. I have
heard our brave warriors speak of death to these white men. The
brave words seems to speak of justice for our people. Even in the
spirit world these words ring of deserved retribution. But
speak to you only of truth. The white man's power is indescribable.
I know that our brave warriors will give up their lives in search
of the retribution, but then we will only have more dead brothers
and the white man will still live on. The decision that you seek
is not simple. It is dangerous if you decide upon war. It is dangerous
if you decide upon peace. The white mans laws create horror for
his own people. The white man lives in a world filled with hatred
and lies. His leader's words are all lies. Even to his own people,
nothing but lies. The white man steals from his own people. What
then can we expect from him in our word of peace? What therefore
can we expect from him in our word of war? The white mans armies
and weapons defy description. As Redman spoke to you, our word of
war is not of complete war, but of a single night of incredible
terror. This single night of terror, if secrecy is maintained and
the tribe's cooperate has a chance of creating panic and confusion
for the white man's nation. The result may be the destroying of
his government. Then the question becomes...how do we benefit from
this and what is the retaliation that the white man will bring against
our people if they discover that we were the one's that destroyed
their government? Your decision is very difficult. I offer only
words. I cannot think for you. That can only come from within your
spirit." Then, the face slowly changed.
second face began to speak saying, "My name is Raven Spirit.
I am the first tribal chief of the great Tribe of the Eagle. I have
requested the opportunity to speak to you along with Thunder. Your
sacred mission is very important. Your decision will be the word
of life for many of our people, yet it will be also be the word
of death for many more. I mean this to be my offering of only words
for you. You must make the decision as to how our people will live
forevermore. I know that you have heard the story's of what our
people have endured. Unfortunately, your decision will not bring
back one murdered child of our people, nor will it restore our land.
Your decision can only be the fulfillment of your destiny. Your
destiny was outlined many years before your birth. Being born into
the Tribe of the Eagle meant that you were a hero of our people
for the rest of your days here in the physical world on mother earth.
You are the blood of the great tribes spiritually blended so many
years ago by Redman. Your forefathers look on with great pride.
Your decision cannot be wrong. Be it peace, be it war. We in the
spirit world love you and support you either way. Tonight you will
fall into a deep sleep. When you awaken tomorrow, you will feel
refreshed and your answer will be very clear to you. So, go and
sleep now until tomorrow morning my brave brothers." As Raven
Spirit finished speaking, the seven staggered from their sweat lodges
and became very tired and fell into a deep, deep sleep.
awoke the next morning very quickly. They sat straight up and looked
at the sky. A tremendous storm was passing over. As they gazed upward
towards the heavens a tremendous bolt of lightning, accompanied
by an ear-shattering clap of thunder answered all of their questions.
Each one of the seven hastily packed their camp gear to head back
to rejoin the others. None of them knew that the other spiritual
leaders had all experienced the same vision.
each of them made their way back to the tribe, their minds were
filled with amazement and excitement. Each one wondering if the
others had already returned, or if the others had come to their
decision, and wondered what the others decision would be. Would
their decision's all be the same? Was their decision the right decision?
They could not help but wonder because their decision would be final.
arrived back with the other members of the tribe at almost the exact
same time. The tribe members were excited, but were also filled
with nervous tension. Each of the seven spiritual leaders nervously
waited to reveal their decisions. Thunder Wolf took control of the
situation and directed the tribe to gather for a great fire and
the answer from the spiritual leaders.
fire was hastily prepared and each spiritual leader returned to
their tent to await Thunder Wolf's call. Thunder Wolf had directed
each of them to write down their decision so that none may be influenced
by the others. Thunder Wolf got the tribe settled by the fire and
began to speak to them, saying, "On this great day, we will
discover the answer to the question that has taken so many years
to be delivered to us. In the past we have had doubters among us.
Many who thought that this day would never come. We have had many
experiences that have forged who we are and what we stand for. We
stand for our brothers and sisters everywhere. We are the pure blood
of some of the greatest tribes that have ever blessed Mother Earth.
We are powerful, yet we are compassionate. Our very lives have been
created for one purpose. That purpose is to deliver our people to
a higher level of existence in this here on our beloved mother earth.
As our brothers come before us now to reveal their decisions, we
will abide by it no matter what it may be. There are seven spiritual
leaders, so a decision is forthcoming today. This is the day that
we...the great Tribe of the Eagle were created for. Call now our
seven brothers so that we may know our destiny." Then there
Wolf looked at "Deer Spirit" and nodded. Deer Spirit moved
towards the spiritual leader's tents and summoned them. As they
approached, the entire tribe was filled with great anxiety. There
had been seven seats assembled for them in front of Thunder Wolf.
Thunder Wolf allowed them to sit in silence for a period of time.
Then he spoke to them, saying, "Wise spiritual leaders of the
Tribe of the Eagle, have you each come to a decision?". They
each nodded their heads yes. Then Thunder Wolf called them each
by name, saying, "Swift Eagle, you have come to a decision
and I await your words, so directing this great tribe."
Eagle stood before the tribe and took a very deep breath. He spoke,
saying, "My decision is that the sacred Tribe of the Eagle
will bring our word of
..WAR to the white man.". Swift
Eagle's last few words were completely drowned out by chaotic jubilation
by everyone in the tribe except the other six spiritual leaders
and Thunder Wolf. Thunder Wolf stood and demanded silence. Slowly,
the members of the tribe settled down and listened again to their
leader. "Swift Eagle's words are pure. This then is his decision.
Now I want to hear Jim Fox's words."
Jim Fox stood up before the tribe. He slowly and deliberately looked
around the fire at all present. Then he too spoke, saying, "My
decision is that the sacred Tribe of the Eagle will bring our word
WAR to the white man." Again, as with Swift Eagle,
Jim Fox's final words were drowned out by screams and cries of joy
from the tribe. Again, Thunder Wolf stood to demand silence. This
time however, there were shouts of "Death to the white man!",
and many other things by the great warriors of the tribe. For the
first time ever, Thunder Wolf had to speak a second time, asking
for silence. This time, however, his voice was uncharacteristically
raised. The tribe quickly quieted down to hear his words. However,
there were tremendous smiles on every warriors face, as they now
felt certain that war would be the final decision. This was the
moment that they had waited for all of their lives. This was also
the very moment that they had trained so hard for all. It seemed
like a dream come true for the warriors. Again, Thunder Wolf spoke,
saying, "Jim Fox's words are pure. This then is his decision.
Now I want to hear Coyote Spirit's words."
the spiritual leader stood up very slowly. He looked at his brothers
and sisters surrounding the great fire. He was pleased at their
enthusiasm. Coyote Spirit also drew in a very deep breath before
he began to speak, saying, "Coyote Spirit's decision for the
great Tribe of the Eagle is that we will bring our word of......WAR
to the white man." Now the scene was absolute bedlam. Tribal
warriors were shouting battle cry's, while their women were laughing
and crying at the same time. The scene was indescribable. This time,
Thunder Wolf waited a few moments before addressing the tribe again.
Thunder Wolf spoke to the tribe at first softly, then repeatedly
louder, until finally, on his fourth call to, the tribe, they began
to settle down. He spoke, saying. "Coyote Spirits words are
pure. This then is his decision. Now I want to hear Drew Turtle
spiritual leader Drew Turtle Shell stood up before the tribe. His
eyes seemed very intense as he also took time to look at his brothers
and sisters. He seemed to be looking into their eyes as though he
was trying to feel their individual spirits personally. Drew Turtle
Shell also drew in a very, very deep breath before his words were
heard. He said, "My decision is that this sacred tribe, the
Tribe of the Eagle will bring our word of......WAR to the white
man." Again, the chaotic scene was repeated. At this point,
with four of the seven spiritual leaders having brought their word
of War against the white man, everyone knew that the stage was set.
It would now simply be a formality to have the last three spiritual
leaders speak. The die had been cast and there could never be any
turning back. The Tribe of the Eagle was now prepared to fulfill
plans were made to contact the seven great western tribes that Redman
had named. Seven of the Tribe of the Eagles best warriors
were selected to travel secretly, and with great haste to the spiritual
leaders of the other tribes to get the word out to meet. The warriors
that were chosen included "Running Bear", "Tom Coyote",
"Swift Deer", Billy Crow Spirit, "Johnny
Wing Feather", "Six Eagles" and one of the tribes
favorite sons, "Sonny Boy", who was very funny, yet a
fierce warrior. Sonny Boy was a direct descendent of Raven Spirit,
and he had always entertained everyone with his wit and humor, as
well as impressing everyone with his lack of fear and fierce fighting
skills. Everyone knew that the message these brave warriors were
carrying would forever change the course of history.
End Part 6 To Be Continued
© 2003 Geoff Hampton
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