|4-4-07 - NAP DREAM - I was living in New Berlin, WI.
School had just let out and my 14 year old daughter was brought home
by two 16 year old boys, one of \whom had just got a new car.
I saw the kids walking up to the house and the boys looked really
short for their age, and I wanted to say, "Aren't you a bit young to be
They all came inside and I was in the dining room.
The table had a lot of stuff on it. My white sewing machine was set
upon a small table by the wall. I had run out of the thread I was using
and I was trying to find another spool of the same color.
The kids were whispering on the other side of the room.
Without looking up, I said, " You don't have to whisper! I can hear you
and there is no baby in the house."
So they talked in a normal tone and the smaller boy knocked his
wrist on the corner of the wooden table and dropped his litre-size water
bottle on the floor.
The kid started pretend whining for attention.
I said to him, " Don't whine or I'll really hurt you."
The kids then went into the living room, turned on the TV too loud
and the stereo too.
All of a sudden Nora Hannon, the attorney from the TV show - One Life
to Live came into the house and walked into the living room.
I could hear over the noise, her saying to one of the boys, "Give me
I remembered her having smoked pot with kids at my house once before
so I ran in there to catch them in the act.
Nora hear me coming into the room and she wheeled around to face me.
She was wearing a black skirt, white suit jacket and a huge
As she started to talk to me, her hat was so broad I couldn't see
past it, and I had to duck down a little and bend my knees a little so I
could see her face because I was 2" taller than her. (I'm 5'10" tall if it
becomes important in the future)
She said she was going to quit her job, but she really wanted to
delay it for a year, and the boss was putting pressure on her to make a
commitment to him.
I sympathized with her, but I advised her to speak up and be honest.
We all then decided to go to the mall.
The boys went in their own car - sky blue - looked like an old
fashioned Chevy built in the the 1930's - squarish.
I found this photo on a google.com search.
This car is just like the one my Father owned
except for the color - and you will find it
interesting that its called the
I was in a car with Nora and my husband who drove.
There was a line of large telephone poles along the road and fields
were on both sides of the road.
All of a sudden, a saw a big black eagle fly across the road in
front of the car and it landed on the cross bar of the telephone pole.
The eagle was magnificent to see. It had a white head, black
wing edges, and brilliant fluorescing blue feathers above the black so
when the wings were stretched out it looked like this.
Then, on every telephone pole, there was another bird, just like it,
sometimes 2 eagles, and the last group, there were 5 eagles all fighting
with each other for position on the cross bar of the pole.
I tried to call attention to these birds, but nobody was looking.
Then I noticed , as we passed the boy's blue Chevy, there were a
couple girls in the car with them, and the girls were crawling out of the
window, running into a store and stealing something, then running back to
the car and crawl back into the window - all without stopping the car.
After the first girl did it, then the second girl climbed out the car
window, ran to the store, stole something, ran back and crawled back into
the window. They thought this was really exciting.
NOTE: If the age numbers matter: 14 + 14 + 16 + 16 = 60
We pulled to a stop, with the blue car next to ours on the right.
The 16 year old driver got out of his car and positioned himself
next to my car, right by the back window, so I could only see him from the arms
I noticed that he had a slingshot and a bow and arrow and he was
going to try to kill the eagles.
I wanted to stop him. I tried yelling, but couldn't get out a
clear word, so I tried kicking him, but I couldn't kick him through
the metal and glass of the car either.
I was able to see the eagles on the telephone poles and all of a
sudden the eagles turned to reddish Irish setters - all pointing right,
and they were led by a pure black English setter - also pointing right.
NOTES: The name Nora means:
||the bright one; honor, light
Irish Setters are: happy-go-lucky nature, very energetic, require
plenty of exercise, attention and affection originally bred to hunt upland
game, and are proficient hunters, field trial lines, often called
"Red Setters." and possess a strong hunting instinct, very
versatile, they also possess the ability to excel at competitive
obedience, tracking, and agility.
English Setters are: described as friendly and good natured,
but can also be strong-willed and mischievous. They are energetic,
people-oriented, well suited to families who can give them attention and
activity, or to working with a hunter where there is a job to do. They are
active, need plenty of exercise, but in the house, they love to be couch
potatoes, and lap dogs that love to cuddle. They are good around children.
They are very intelligent, can be trained to perform just about any task,
with the exception of herding. They are not always easy to train.
They have a natural bird instinct that tends to distract them in outdoor
environments. They have a soft temperament very sensitive to criticism,
and unwilling to repeat a behaviour out of fear to disappoint the trainer.
They need positive reinforcement.
David and Goliath - with the slingshot - Bible Story Summary
1 Samuel 17
The Philistine army had gathered for war against Israel. The
two armies faced each other, camped for battle on opposite sides
of a steep valley. A Philistine giant measuring over nine feet
tall and wearing full armor, came out each day for forty days,
mocking and challenging the Israelites to fight. His name was
Goliath. Saul, the King of Israel, and the whole army were
terrified of Goliath.
One day David, the youngest son of Jesse, was sent to the
battle lines by his father to bring back news of his brothers.
David was probably just a young teenager at the time. While there,
David heard Goliath shouting his daily defiance and he saw the
great fear stirred within the men of Israel. David responded, "Who
is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of
So David volunteered to fight Goliath. It took some
persuasion, but King Saul finally agreed to let David
fight against the giant. Dressed in his simple tunic,
carrying his shepherd's staff, sling shot and a pouch
full of stones, David approached Goliath. The giant
cursed at him, hurling threats and insults.
David said to the Philistine, "You come against me
with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you
in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies
of Israel, whom you have defied ... today I will give
the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the
air ... and the whole world will know that there is a
God in Israel ... it is not by sword or spear that the
Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will
give all of you into our hands."
As Goliath moved in for the kill, David reached into
his bag and slung one of his stones at Goliath's head.
Finding a hole in the armor, the stone sank into the
giant's forehead and he fell face down on the ground.
David then took Goliath's sword, killed him and then cut
off his head. When the Philistines saw that their hero
was dead, they turned and ran. So the Israelites
pursued, chasing and killing them and plundering their
Psalm 127: "Like arrows in the hands of a
warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to
shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate."
Prophecy against Gog--Invaders Destroyed
1"And you, son of man,
prophesy against Gog and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am
against you, O Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal;
2and I will turn
you around, drive you on, take you up from the remotest parts of the
north and bring you against the mountains of Israel.
3"I will strike
your bow from your left hand and dash down your arrows from your right
4"You will fall on
the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who
are with you; I will give you as food to every kind of predatory bird
and beast of the field.
5"You will fall on
the open field; for it is I who have spoken," declares the Lord GOD.
6"And I will send fire
upon Magog and those who inhabit the coastlands in safety; and they
will know that I am the LORD.
7"My holy name I
will make known in the midst of My people Israel; and I will not let
My holy name be profaned anymore And the nations will know that
I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8"Behold, it is
coming and it shall be done," declares the Lord GOD. "That is the day
of which I have spoken.
9"Then those who
inhabit the cities of Israel will go out and make fires with the
weapons and burn them, both shields and bucklers, bows and arrows, war
clubs and spears, and for seven years they will make fires of them.
10"They will not
take wood from the field or gather firewood from the forests, for they
will make fires with the weapons; and they will take the spoil of
those who despoiled them and seize the plunder of those who plundered
them," declares the Lord GOD.
11"On that day I
will give Gog a burial ground there in Israel, the valley of those who
pass by east of the sea, and it will block off those who would pass
by. So they will bury Gog there with all his horde, and they
will call it the valley of Hamon-gog.
months the house of Israel will be burying them in order to
cleanse the land.
13"Even all the
people of the land will bury them; and it will be to their renown
on the day that I glorify Myself," declares the Lord GOD.
set apart men who will constantly pass through the land, burying
those who were passing through, even those left on the surface of
the ground, in order to cleanse it. At the end of seven months
they will make a search.
15"As those who
pass through the land pass through and anyone sees a man's bone,
then he will set up a marker by it until the buriers have buried
it in the valley of Hamon-gog.
16"And even the
name of the city will be Hamonah. So they will cleanse the land."'
17"As for you,
son of man,
thus says the Lord GOD, 'Speak to every kind of bird and to
of the field, "Assemble and come, gather from every side to My
sacrifice which I am going to sacrifice for you, as a great
sacrifice on the mountains of Israel, that you may eat flesh
and drink blood.
eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes
of the earth, as though they were rams, lambs, goats and
bulls, all of them fatlings of Bashan.
will eat fat until you are glutted, and drink blood until you
are drunk, from My sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you.
be glutted at My table with horses and charioteers, with
mighty men and all the men of war," declares the Lord GOD.
will set My glory among the nations; and all the nations will
see My judgment which I have executed and My hand which I have
laid on them.
house of Israel will know that I am the LORD their God from
that day onward.
nations will know that the house of Israel went into exile
for their iniquity because they acted treacherously
against Me, and I hid My face from them; so I gave them
into the hand of their adversaries, and all of them fell
by the sword.
to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions
I dealt with them, and I hid My face from them."'"
thus says the Lord GOD, "Now I will restore the fortunes
of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel; and
I will be )jealous for My holy name.
will forget their disgrace and all their treachery which
they perpetrated against Me, when they live securely on
their own land with )no one to make them
I bring them back from the peoples and gather them from
the lands of their enemies, then I shall be sanctified
through them in the sight of the many nations.
they will know that I am the LORD their God because I made
them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered
them again to their own land; and I will leave none of
them there any longer.
will not hide My face from them any longer for I will have
poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel," declares the
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The 2001 Gog and Magog Hill Crop Circle Formations
Then I saw an
angel coming down from heaven, holding in has hand the key of
the bottomless pit and a great chain. And he seized the
dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and
bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit,
and shut it and sealed it over him, that he should deceive
the nations no more, till the thousand years were ended.
And when the
thousand years are ended, Satan will be loosed from his
prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are at
the four corners of the earth, that is,
Gog and Magog,
to gather them for battle; there number is like the sand of
the sea. And they marched up over the broad earth and
surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city; but
fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil
who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and
sulphur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they
will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
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Crop Circle Formations of 2001
The tradition of Gog and Magog begins in the
Hebrew Bible with the reference to
Magog, son of
Japheth, in the
Book of Genesis and continues in cryptic prophecies in
Book of Ezekiel, which are echoed in the
Book of Revelation and in the
Qur'an. The tradition is very ambiguous with even the
very nature of the entities differing between sources.
They are variously presented as men, supernatural beings (giants
demons), national groups, or lands. Gog and Magog
occur widely in mythology and folklore.
The Hebrew Bible
The first occurrence of "Magog" in the
Hebrew Bible is in the "Table of Nations" in
Genesis 10, where Magog is the
eponymous ancestor of a people or nation (without any
accompanying apocalyptic symbolism, or mention of Gog,
although "Magog" may mean "the land of Gog"):
2. The sons of
3. The sons of Gomer were
In this occurrence Magog is clearly the name of a
person, although in the
anthropology proposed by Genesis, ethnic groups and
nations are founded by, and usually named after, their
founding ancestors. The names of Gomer, Tubal, Meshech,
and Togarmah also occur in Ezekiel.
The earliest known reference to "Gog" and "Magog"
together is also in the Bible, in the Book of Ezekiel:
2."Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the
land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal,
and prophesy against him,
3. And you shall say; So said the Lord God: Behold, I
am against you, Gog, the prince, the head of Meshech and
Here it is not clear (in the Hebrew) whether Gog or
Magog are people or places, and different identifications
have been made. These are discussed after the text itself.
The Interlinear Bible (Hebrew - Greek - English) states 2.
as: "Son of man, set your face toward Gog, the land of
Magog, the prince of
Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; and prophesy concerning him."
10. Thus says the Lord "On that day it shall
come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind and
you will make an evil plan:
11. You will say, "I will go against a land of
unwalled villages..."(FRZ)(FRZ:mostly refers to Iraq
as Frz (Unwalled Villages) in the book of Ester)
12. "To take plunder and booty..."13. Sheba
and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the
young lions thereof, will say to you, "have you come to
take a spoil?"
They will be joined by
Persians from the East,
Phut from the West,
Kushites from the South, and others. We are told that
Gog dwelt north of Israel, but there is little else to
identify Gog in the passage. Gog and his allies are to
attack "a land of unwalled villages" to collect booty, but
before attacking Israel itself will be reduced to a
"sixth" of their size (Ezekiel 39:2). Their reduced army
will be destroyed in Israel, their dead buried in the
Valley of Hamon-Gog for all to see and comment on
Addressing Gog and Magog, God describes how the
attacks will be repelled (Ezekiel 39:1-16). The army of
Gog and Magog primarily includes people from the nations
Meshech, and the house of
Togarmah from the North, the latter of which are
mentioned as descendants of Japheth in Genesis (q.v.).
God describes the aftermath of the battle later in the
same chapter, addressing "thou, son of Man":
17. ...,thus says the Lord, "Speak to every
bird and every beast of the field, "Assemble yourselves
18. " You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, drink
the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams and
lambs, of goats and bulls, all them fatlings of Bashan"
Ezekiel (38 and 39) says that Gog will be defeated.
The New Testament
Gog and Magog are mentioned in the
Book of Revelation, which draws on the depiction of
them in the older prophetic works. They appear in verses
- 7. And when the thousand years are expired,
Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall
go out to deceive the nations which are in the four
quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them
together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of
- 8. And they went up on the breadth of the
earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and
the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of
heaven, and devoured them. (KJV)
Here, Gog and Magog are identified as the nations in
the four corners of the earth, and their attack is
represented as an
eschatological crisis after the
Millennium, to be vanquished by divine intervention.
The language of Gog and Magog's destruction is very
similar to that of their mention in Ezekiel.
A painting by Qasim, 16th century, illustrating
the building of the wall
Gog and Magog appear in Qur'an
Al-Kahf (The Cave), 18:83-98, as Yagog and Magog (Ya-juj/Ya-jewj
and Ma-juj/Ma-jewj or يأجوج و مأجوج, in Arabic).
Some Muslim scholars contend that the Gog in Ezekiel verse
38:2 should be read Yagog (there is a "Y immediately
before Gog in the Hebrew version. The verses state that
Dhul-Qarnayn (the one with two horns)travelled the
world in three directions, until he found a tribe
threatened by Gog and Magog, who were of an "evil and
destructive nature" and "caused great corruption on
earth". The people offered tribute in exchange for
protection. Dhul-Qarnayn agreed to help them, but refused
the tribute; he constructed a great wall that the hostile
nations were unable to penetrate. They will be trapped
doomsday, and their escape will be a sign of the end:
But when Gog and Magog are let loose and they rush
headlong down every height (or advantage). Then will
the True Promise draw near - (Qur'an 21:96-97)
The Qur'anic account of Dhul-Qarnayn follows very
closely the "Gates
of Alexander" story from the
Alexander Romance, a thoroughly embellished
Alexander the Great's wars and adventures (see below).
Since the construction of a great iron gate to hold back a
hostile northern people was attributed to Alexander many
centuries before the time of
Muhammad and the recording of the Qur'an, most
historians consider Dhul-Qarnayn a reference to Alexander
Alexander in the Qur'an). However, some Muslim
scholars reject this attribution, associating Dhul-Qarnayn
with some earlier ruler, usually
Cyrus the Great, but also
Darius the Great.
Gog and Magog are also mentioned in some of the
hadith, or sayings of Muhammad, specifically the
Sahih Al Bukhari and
Sahih Al Muslim, revered by
Ezekiel's identification of Gog and Magog is
confusing. Verse 38:2 could identify Gog or Magog
as a person, the other as a land. The Greek version of
that verse identifies Gog as a land, Magog as a person. In
both versions, however, verse 38:3 unambiguously
identifies Gog as a person, the prince of Meshech and
Tubal. The King James translation is given above; it
follows the interpretation of verse 38:3.
In terms of
extra-biblical Jewish tradition, Gog the "prince" has
been explained being one of the 70 national
angels – of whom all except one,
Michael, the guardian angel of Israel , are
fallen angels. According to this
interpretation, Gog is the angel of a nation called Magog
(literally meaning "of Gog" or "from Gog"). Gog in this
view represents an apocalyptic coalition of nations
arrayed against Israel. Some Biblical scholars believe
Γυγες), king of
BC), is meant; in
Assyrian letters, Gyges appears as Gu-gu; in
which case Magog might be his territory in
In his book
Antiquities of the Jews, the Jewish historian and
Josephus identifies Magog with the
Scythians, but this name seems to have been used
generically in antiquity for a number of peoples north of
GOG-MAGOG - HOW SOON WILL IT HAPPEN?
BLACK ELK SPEAKS
HIS VISION OF AMERICA
The Great Vision
What happened after that until the summer I was
nine years old is not a story. There were winters and summers, and they
were good; for the
Wasichus had made their
iron road along the
Platte and traveled there. This had cut the bison herd in two, but
those that stayed in our country with us were more than could be counted,
and we wandered without trouble in our land.
Now and then the voices would come back when I was out alone, like
someone calling me, but what they wanted me to do I did not know. This did
not happen very often, and when it did not happen, I forgot about it; for
I was growing taller and was riding horses now and could shoot prairie
chickens and rabbits with my bow. The boys of my people began very young
to learn the ways of men, and no one taught us; we just learned by doing
what we saw, and we were warriors at a time when boys now are like girls.
It was the summer when I was nine years old, and our people were
moving slowly towards the Rocky Mountains. We camped one evening in a
valley beside a little creek just before it ran into the
Greasy Grass, and there was a man by the name of Man
Hip who liked me and asked me to eat with him in his tepee.
While I was eating, a voice came and said: "It is time; now they are
calling you." The voice was so loud and clear that I believed it, and I
thought I would just go where it wanted me to go. So I got right up and
started. As I came out of the tepee, both my thighs began to hurt me, and
suddenly it was like waking from a dream, and there wasn't any voice. So I
went back into the tepee, but I didn't want to eat. Man Hip looked at me
in a strange way and asked me what was wrong. I told him that my legs were
The next morning
the camp moved again, and I was riding with some boys. We stopped to
get a drink from a creek, and when I got off my horse, my legs crumpled
under me and I could not walk. So the boys helped me up and put me on my
horse; and when we camped again that evening, I was sick. The next day the
camp moved on to where the different bands of our people were coming
together, and I rode in a pony drag, for I was very sick. Both my legs and
both my arms were swollen badly and my face was all puffed up.
When we had camped again, I was lying in our tepee and my mother and
father were sitting beside me. I could see out through the opening, and
two men were coming from the clouds, headfirst like arrows slanting
down, and I knew they were the same that I had seen before. Each now
carried a long spear, and from the points of these a jagged lightning
flashed. They came clear down to the ground this time and stood a little
way off and looked at me and said: "Hurry! Come! Your Grandfathers are
Then they turned and left the ground like arrows slanting upward from
the bow. When I got up to follow, my legs did not hurt me any more and I
was very light. I went outside the tepee, and yonder where the men with
flaming spears were going, a little cloud was coming very fast. It came
and stooped and took me and turned back to where it came from, flying
fast. And when I looked down I could see my mother and my father yonder,
and I felt sorry to be leaving them.
Then there was nothing but the air and the swiftness of the little
cloud that bore me and those two men still leading up to where white
clouds were piled like mountains on a wide blue plain, and in them thunder
beings lived and leaped and flashed.
Now suddenly there was nothing but a world of cloud, and we three were
there alone in the middle of a great white plain with snowy hills and
mountains staring at us; and it was very still; but there were whispers.
Then the two men spoke together and they said: "Behold him, the being
with four legs!"
I looked and saw a bay horse standing there, and he began to speak:
"Behold me!" he said, "My life-history you shall see." Then he wheeled
about to where the sun goes down, and said: "Behold them! Their history
you shall know."
I looked, and there were twelve black horses yonder all abreast with
necklaces of bison hoofs, and they were beautiful, but I was frightened,
because their manes were lightning and there was thunder in their
Then the bay horse wheeled to where the great white giant lives (the
north) and said: "Behold!" And yonder there were twelve white horses all
abreast. Their manes were flowing like a blizzard wind and from their
noses came a roaring, and all about them white geese soared and circled.
Then the bay wheeled round to where the sun shines continually (the
east) and bade me look; and there twelve sorrel horses, with necklaces of
elk's teeth, stood abreast with eyes that glimmered like the day-break
star and manes of morning light.
Then the bay wheeled once again to look upon the place where you are
always facing (the south), and yonder stood twelve buckskins all abreast
with horns upon their heads and manes that lived and grew like trees and
And when I had seen all these, the bay horse said: "Your Grandfathers
are having a council. These shall take you; so have courage."
Then all the horses went into formation, four abreast--the blacks, the
whites, the sorrels, and the buckskins--and stood behind the bay, who
turned now to the west and neighed; and yonder suddenly the sky was
terrible with a storm of plunging horses in all colors that shook the
world with thunder, neighing back.
Now turning to the north the bay horse whinnied, and yonder all the
sky roared with a mighty wind of running horses in all colors, neighing
And when he whinnied to the east, there too the sky was filled with
glowing clouds of manes and tails of horses in all colors singing back.
Then to the south he called, and it was crowded with many colored, happy
Then the bay horse spoke to me again and said: "See how your horses
all come dancing!" I looked, and there were horses, horses everywhere--a
whole skyful of horses dancing round me.
"Make haste!" the bay horse said; and we walked together side by side,
while the blacks, the whites, the sorrels, and the buckskins followed,
marching four by four.
I looked about me once again, and suddenly the dancing horses without
number changed into animals of every kind and into all the fowls that are,
and these fled back to the four quarters of the world from whence the
horses came, and vanished.
Then as we walked, there was a heaped up cloud ahead that changed into
a tepee, and a rainbow was the open door of it; and through the door I saw
six old men sitting in a row.
The two men with the spears now stood beside me, one on either hand,
and the horses took their places in their quarters, looking inward, four
by four. And the oldest of the Grandfathers spoke with a kind voice and
said: "Come right in and do not fear." And as he spoke, all the horses of
the four quarters neighed to cheer me. So I went in and stood before the
six, and they looked older than men can ever be--old like hills, like
The oldest spoke again: "Your Grandfathers all over the world are
having a council, and they have called you here to teach you." His voice
was very kind, but I shook all over with fear now, for I knew that these
were not old men, but the Powers of the World. And the first was the Power
of the West; the second, of the North; the third, of the East; the fourth,
of the South; the fifth, of the Sky; the sixth, of the Earth. I knew this,
and was afraid, until the first Grandfather spoke again: "Behold them
yonder where the sun goes down, the thunder beings! You shall see, and
have from them my power; and they shall take you to the high and lonely
center of the earth that you may see; even to the place where the sun
continually shines, they shall take you there to understand."
And as he spoke of understanding, I looked up and saw the rainbow leap
with flames of many colors over me.
Now there was a wooden cup in his hand and it was full of water and in
the water was the sky.
"Take this," he said. "It is the power to make live, and it is yours."
Now he had a bow in his hands. "Take this," he said. "It is the power
to destroy, and it is yours."
Then he pointed to himself and said: "Look close at him who is your
spirit now, for you are his body and his name is
Eagle Wing Stretches."
And saying this, he got up very tall and started running toward where
the sun goes down; and suddenly he was a black horse that stopped and
turned and looked at me, and the horse was very poor and sick; his ribs
Then the second Grandfather, he of the North, arose with a herb of
power in his hand, and said: "Take this and hurry." I took and held it
toward the black horse yonder. He fattened and was happy and came prancing
to his place again and was the first Grandfather sitting there.
The second Grandfather, he of the North, spoke again: "Take courage,
younger brother," he said; "on earth a nation you shall make live, for
yours shall be the power of the white giant's wing, the cleansing wind."
Then he got up very tall and started running toward the north; and when he
turned toward me, it was a white goose wheeling. I looked about me now,
and the horses in the west were thunders and the horses of the north were
geese. And the second Grandfather sang two songs that were like this:
"They are appearing, may you behold!
They are appearing, may you behold!
The thunder nation is appearing, behold!
They are appearing, may you behold!
They are appearing, may you behold!
The white geese nation is appearing, behold!"
And now it was the third Grandfather who spoke, he of where the sun
shines continually. "Take courage, younger brother," he said, "for across
the earth they shall take you!" Then he pointed to where the daybreak star
was shining, and beneath the star two men were flying. "From them you
shall have power," he said, "from them who have awakened all the beings of
the earth with roots and legs and wings." And as he said this, he held in
his hand a peace
pipe which had a spotted eagle outstretched upon the stem; and this
eagle seemed alive, for it was poised there, fluttering, and its eyes were
looking at me. "With this pipe," the Grandfather said, "you shall walk
upon the earth, and whatever sickens there you shall make well." Then he
pointed to a man who was bright red all over, the color of good and of
plenty, and as he pointed, the red man lay down and rolled and changed
into a bison that got up and galloped toward the sorrel horses of the
east, and they too turned to bison, fat and many.
And now the fourth Grandfather spoke, he of the place where you are
always facing (the south), whence comes the power to grow. "Younger
brother," he said, "with the powers of the four quarters you shall walk, a
relative. Behold, the living center of a nation I shall give you, and with
it many you shall save." And I saw that he was holding in his hand a
bright red stick that was alive, and as I looked it sprouted at the top
and sent forth branches, and on the branches many leaves came out and
murmured and in the leaves the birds began to sing. And then for just a
little while I thought I saw beneath it in the shade the circled villages
of people and every living thing with roots or legs or wings, and all were
happy. "It shall stand in the center of the nation's circle," said the
Grandfather, "a cane to walk with and a people's heart; and by your powers
you shall make it blossom."
Then when he had been still a little while to hear the birds sing, he
spoke again: "Behold the earth!" So I looked down and saw it lying yonder
like a hoop of peoples, and in the center bloomed the holy stick that was
a tree, and where it stood there crossed two roads, a red one and a black.
"From where the giant lives (the north) to where you always face (the
south) the red road goes, the road of good," the Grandfather said, "and on
it shall your nation walk. The black road goes from where the thunder
beings live (the west) to where the sun continually shines (the east), a
fearful road, a road of troubles and of war. On this also you shall walk,
and from it you shall have the power to destroy a people's foes. In four
ascents you shall walk the earth with power."
I think he meant that I should see four generations, counting me, and
now I am seeing the third.
Then he rose very tall and started running toward the south, and was
an elk; and as he stood among the buckskins yonder, they too were elks.
Now the fifth Grandfather spoke, the oldest of them all, the Spirit of
the Sky. "My boy," he said, "I have sent for you and you have come. My
power you shall see!" He stretched his arms and turned into a spotted
eagle hovering. "Behold," he said, "all the wings of the air shall come to
you, and they and the winds and the stars shall be like relatives. You
shall go across the earth with my power." Then the eagle soared above my
head and fluttered there; and suddenly the sky was full of friendly wings
all coming toward me.
Now I knew the sixth Grandfather was about to speak, he who was the
Spirit of the Earth, and I saw that he was very old, but more as men are
old. His hair was long and white, his face was all in wrinkles and his
eyes were deep and dim. I stared at him, for it seemed I knew him somehow;
and as I stared, he slowly changed, for he was growing backwards into
youth, and when he had become a boy, I knew that he was myself with all
the years that would be mine at last. When he was old again, he said: "My
boy, have courage, for my power shall be yours, and you shall need it, for
your nation on the earth will have great troubles. Come."
He rose and tottered out through the rainbow door, and as I followed I
was riding on the bay horse who had talked to me at first and led me to
Then the bay horse stopped and faced the black horses of the west, and
a voice said: "They have given you the cup of water to make live the
greening day, and also the bow and arrow to destroy." The bay neighed, and
the twelve black horses came and stood behind me, four abreast.
The bay faced the sorrels of the east, and I saw that they had morning
stars upon their foreheads and they were very bright. And the voice said:
"They have given you the sacred pipe and the power that is peace, and the
good red day." The bay neighed, and the twelve sorrels stood behind me,
My horse now faced the buckskins of the south, and a voice said: "They
have given you the sacred stick and your nation's hoop, and the yellow
day; and in the center of the hoop you shall set the stick and make it
grow into a shielding tree, and bloom." The bay neighed, and the twelve
buckskins came and stood behind me, four abreast.
Then I knew that there were riders on all the horses there behind me,
and a voice said: "Now you shall walk the black road with these; and as
you walk, all the nations that have roots or legs or wings shall fear
So I started, riding toward the east down the fearful road, and behind
me came the horsebacks four abreast--the blacks, the whites, the sorrels,
and the buckskins--and far away above the fearful road the daybreak star
was rising very dim.
I looked below me where the earth was silent in a sick green light,
and saw the hills look up afraid and the grasses on the hills and all the
animals; and everywhere about me were the cries of frightened birds and
sounds of fleeing wings. I was the chief of all the heavens riding there,
and when I looked behind me, all the twelve black horses reared and
plunged and thundered and their manes and tails were whirling hail and
their nostrils snorted lightning. And when I looked below again, I saw the
slant hail falling and the long, sharp rain, and where we passed, the
trees bowed low and all the hills were dim.
Now the earth was bright again as we rode. I could see the hills and
valleys and the creeks and rivers passing under. We came above a place
where three streams made a big one--a source of mighty waters
3--and something terrible was there. Flames were rising from the
waters and in the flames a blue man lived. The dust was floating all about
him in the air, the grass was short and withered, the trees were wilting,
two-legged and four-legged beings lay there thin and panting, and wings
too weak to fly.
Then the black horse riders shouted "
Hoka hey !" and charged down upon the blue man, but were driven back.
And the white troop shouted, charging, and was beaten; then the red troop
and the yellow.
And when each had failed, they all cried together: "Eagle Wing
Stretches, hurry!" And all the world was filled with voices of all kinds
that cheered me, so I charged. I had the cup of water in one hand and in
the other was the bow that turned into a spear as the bay and I swooped
down, and the spear's head was sharp lightning. It stabbed the blue man's
heart, and as it struck I could hear the thunder rolling and many voices
that cried "
Un-hee!," meaning I had killed. The flames died. The trees and grasses
were not withered any more and murmured happily together, and every living
being cried in gladness with whatever voice it had. Then the four troops
of horsemen charged down and struck the dead body of the blue man,
counting coup; and suddenly it was only a harmless turtle.
You see, I had been riding with the storm clouds, and had come to
earth as rain, and
it was drouth that I had killed with the power that the Six
Grandfathers gave me. So we were riding on the earth now down along the
river flowing full from the source of waters, and soon I saw ahead the
circled village of a people in the valley. And a Voice said: "Behold a
nation; it is yours. Make haste,
Eagle Wing Stretches!"
I entered the village, riding, with the four horse troops behind
me--the blacks, the whites, the sorrels, and the buckskins; and the place
was filled with moaning and with mourning for the dead. The wind was
blowing from the south like fever, and when I looked around I saw that in
nearly every tepee the women and the children and the men lay dying with
So I rode around the circle of the village, looking in upon the sick
and dead, and I felt like crying as I rode. But when I looked behind me,
all the women and the children and the men were getting up and coming
forth with happy faces.
And a Voice said: "Behold, they have given you the center of the
nation's hoop to make it live."
So I rode to the center of the village, with the horse troops in their
quarters round about me, and there the people gathered. And the Voice
said: "Give them now the flowering stick that they may flourish, and the
sacred pipe that they may know the power that is peace, and the wing of
the white giant that they may have endurance and face all winds with
So I took the bright red stick and at the center of the nation's hoop
I thrust it in the earth. As it touched the earth it leaped mightily in my
hand and was a
the rustling tree, very tall and full of leafy
branches and of all birds singing. And beneath it all the animals were
mingling with the people like relatives and making happy cries. The women
raised their tremolo of joy, and the men shouted all together: "Here we
shall raise our children and be as little chickens under the mother
Then I heard the white wind blowing gently through the tree and
singing there, and from the east the
sacred pipe came flying on its eagle wings, and stopped before me
there beneath the tree, spreading deep peace around it.
Then the daybreak star was rising, and a Voice said: "It shall be a
relative to them; and who shall see it, shall see much more, for thence
comes wisdom; and those who do not see it shall be dark." And all the
people raised their faces to the east, and the star's light fell upon
them, and all the dogs barked loudly and the horses whinnied.
Then when the many little voices ceased, the great Voice said: "Behold
the circle of the nation's hoop, for it is holy, being endless, and thus
all powers shall be one power in the people without end. Now they shall
break camp and go forth upon the red road, and your Grandfathers shall
walk with them." So the people broke camp and took the good road with the
white wing on their faces, and the order of their going was like this:
First, the black horse riders with the cup of water; and the white
horse riders with the white wing and the sacred herb; and the sorrel
riders with the holy pipe; and the buckskins with the flowering stick. And
after these the little children and the youths and maidens followed in a
Second, came the tribe's four chieftains, and their band was all young men
Third, the nation's four advisers leading men and women neither young
Fourth, the old men hobbling with their canes and looking to the
Fifth, old women hobbling with their canes and looking to the earth.
Sixth, myself all alone upon the bay with the bow and arrows that the
First Grandfather gave me. But I was not the last; for when I looked
behind me there were ghosts of people like a trailing fog as far as I
could see--grandfathers of grandfathers and grandmothers of grandmothers
without number. And over these a great Voice--the Voice that was the
South--lived, and I could feel it silent.
And as we went the Voice behind me said: "Behold a good nation walking
in a sacred manner in a good land!"
Then I looked up and saw that there were four ascents ahead, and these
were generations I should know. Now we were on the first ascent, and all
the land was green. And as the long line climbed, all the old men and
women raised their hands, palms forward, to the far sky yonder and began
to croon a song together, and the sky ahead was filled with clouds of baby
When we came to the end of the first ascent we camped in the sacred
circle as before, and in the center stood the holy tree, and still the
land about us was all green.
Then we started on the second ascent, marching as before, and still
the land was green, but it was getting steeper. And as I looked ahead, the
people changed into elks and
bison and all four-footed beings and even into fowls, all walking in a
sacred manner on the good red road together. And I myself was a spotted
eagle soaring over them. But just before we stopped to camp at the end of
that ascent, all the marching animals grew restless and afraid that they
were not what they had been, and began sending forth voices of trouble,
calling to their chiefs. And when they camped at the end of that ascent, I
looked down and saw that leaves were falling from the holy tree.
And the Voice said: "Behold your nation, and remember what your Six
Grandfathers gave you, for thenceforth your people walk in difficulties."
Then the people broke camp again, and saw the black road before them
towards where the sun goes down, and black clouds coming yonder; and they
did not want to go but could not stay. And as they walked the third
ascent, all the animals and fowls that were the people ran here and there,
for each one seemed to have his own little vision that he followed and his
own rules; and all over the universe I could hear the winds at war like
wild beasts fighting.
And when we reached the summit of the third ascent and camped, the
nation's hoop was broken like a ring of smoke that spreads and scatters
and the holy tree seemed dying and all its birds were gone. And when I
looked ahead I saw that the fourth ascent would be terrible.
Then when the people were getting ready to begin the fourth ascent,
the Voice spoke like some one weeping, and it said: "Look there upon your
nation." And when I looked down, the people were all changed back to
human, and they were thin, their faces sharp, for they were starving.
Their ponies were only hide and bones, and the holy tree was gone.
And as I looked and wept, I saw that there stood on the north side of the
starving camp a sacred man who was painted red all over his body, and he
held a spear as he walked into the center of the people, and there he lay
down and rolled. And when he got up, it was a fat
bison standing there, and where the bison stood a sacred herb sprang
up right where the tree had been in the center of the nation's hoop. The
herb grew and bore four blossoms on a single stem while I was looking--a
blue, a white, a scarlet, and a yellow--and the bright
rays of these flashed to the heavens.
I know now what this meant, that the bison were the gift of a good
spirit and were our strength, but we should lose them, and from the same
good spirit we must find another strength. For the people all seemed
better when the herb had grown and bloomed, and the horses raised their
tails and neighed and pranced around, and I could see a light breeze going
from the north among the people like a ghost; and suddenly the flowering
tree was there again at the center of the nation's hoop where the
four-rayed herb had blossomed.
I was still the spotted eagle floating, and I could see that I was
already in the fourth ascent and the people were camping yonder at the top
of the third long rise. It was dark and terrible about me, for all the
winds of the world were fighting. It was like rapid gun-fire and like
whirling smoke, and like women and children wailing and like horses
screaming all over the world.
I could see my people yonder running about, setting the smoke-flap
poles and fastening down their tepees against the wind, for the storm
cloud was coming on them very fast and black, and there were frightened
swallows without number fleeing before the cloud.
Then a song of power came to me and I sang it there in the midst of
that terrible place where I was. It went like this:
A good nation I will make live.
This the nation above has said.
They have given me the power to make over.
And when I had sung this, a Voice said: "To the four quarters you shall
run for help, and nothing shall be strong before you. Behold him!"
Now I was on my bay horse again, because the horse is of the earth,
and it was there my power would be used. And as I obeyed the Voice and
looked, there was a horse all skin and bones yonder in the west, a faded
brownish black. And a Voice there said: "Take this and make him over; and
it was the four-rayed herb that I was holding in my hand. So I rode above
the poor horse in a circle, and as I did this I could hear the people
yonder calling for spirit power, "A-hey! a-hey! a-hey!
a-hey!" Then the poor horse neighed and rolled and got up, and he was
a big, shiny, black stallion with dapples all over him and his mane about
him like a cloud. He was the chief of all the horses; and when he snorted,
it was a flash of lightning and his eyes were like the sunset star. He
dashed to the west and neighed, and the west was filled with a dust of
hoofs, and horses without number, shiny black, came plunging from the
dust. Then he dashed toward the north and neighed, and to the east and to
the south, and the dust clouds answered, giving forth their plunging
horses without number--whites and sorrels and buckskins, fat, shiny,
rejoicing in their fleetness and their strength. It was beautiful, but it
was also terrible.
Then they all stopped short, rearing, and were standing in a great
hoop about their black chief at the center, and were still.
And as they stood, four virgins, more beautiful than women of
the earth can be, came through the circle, dressed in scarlet, one from
each of the four quarters, and stood about the great black stallion in
their places; and one held the wooden cup of water, and one the white
wing, and one the
pipe, and one the nation's hoop. All the universe was silent,
listening; and then the great black stallion raised his voice and sang.
The song he sang was this:
"My horses, prancing they are coming.
My horses, neighing they are coming;
Prancing, they are coming.
All over the universe they come.
They will dance; may you behold them.
A horse nation, they will dance. May you behold them."
His voice was not loud, but it went all over the universe and filled it.
There was nothing that did not hear, and it was more beautiful than
anything can be. It was so beautiful that nothing anywhere could keep from
dancing. The virgins danced, and all the circled horses. The leaves on the
trees, the grasses on the hills and in the valleys, the waters in the
creeks and in the rivers and the lakes, the four-legged and the two-legged
and the wings of the air--all danced together to the music of the
And when I looked down upon my people yonder, the cloud passed over,
blessing them with friendly rain, and stood in the east with a flaming
rainbow over it.
Then all the horses went singing back to their places beyond the
summit of the fourth ascent, and all things sang along with them as they
And a Voice said: "All over the universe they have finished a day of
happiness." And looking down I saw that the whole wide circle of the day
was beautiful and green, with all fruits growing and all things kind and
Then a Voice said: "Behold this day, for it is yours to make. Now you
shall stand upon the center of the earth to see, for there they are taking
I was still on my bay horse, and once more I felt the riders of the
west, the north, the east, the south, behind me in formation, as before,
and we were going east. I looked ahead and saw the
mountains there with rocks and forests on them, and from the mountains
flashed all colors upward to the heavens. Then
I was standing on the highest mountain of them all, and round about
beneath me was the whole hoop of the world.
8 And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I
understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes
of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live
together like one being. And I saw that the sacred hoop of my people was
one of many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight,
and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the
children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy.
Then as I stood there, two men were coming from the east, head first
like arrows flying, and between them rose the day-break star. They came
and gave a herb to me and said: "With this on earth you shall undertake
anything and do it." It was the day-break-star herb, the herb of
understanding, and they told me to drop it on the earth. I saw it falling
far, and when it struck the earth it rooted and grew and flowered, four
blossoms on one stem, a blue, a white, a scarlet, and a yellow; and the
rays from these streamed upward to the heavens so that all creatures saw
it and in no place was there darkness.
Then the Voice said: "Your Six Grandfathers--now you shall go back to
I had not noticed how I was dressed until now, and I saw that I was
painted red all over, and my joints were painted black, with white stripes
between the joints. My bay had lightning stripes all over him, and his
mane was cloud. And when I breathed, my breath was lightning.
Now two men were leading me, head first like arrows slanting
upward--the two that brought me from the earth. And as I followed on the
bay, they turned into four flocks of geese that flew in circles, one above
each quarter, sending forth a sacred voice as they flew: Br-r-r-p, br-r-r-p,
Then I saw ahead the
rainbow flaming above the tepee of the Six Grandfathers, built and
roofed with cloud and sewed with thongs of lightning; and underneath it
were all the wings of the air and under them the animals and men. All
these were rejoicing, and thunder was like happy laughter.
As I rode in through the rainbow door, there were cheering voices from
all over the universe, and I saw the Six Grandfathers sitting in a row,
with their arms held toward me and their hands, palms out; and behind them
in the cloud were faces thronging, without number, of the people yet to
"He has triumphed!" cried the six together, making thunder. And as I
passed before them there, each gave again the gift that he had given me
before--the cup of water and the bow and arrows, the power to make live
and to destroy; the white wing of cleansing and the healing herb; the
sacred pipe; the flowering stick. And each one spoke in turn from west
to south, explaining what he gave as he had done before, and as each one
spoke he melted down into the earth and rose again; and as each did this,
I felt nearer to the earth.
Then the oldest of them all said: "Grandson, all over the universe you
have seen. Now you shall go back with power to the place from whence you
came, and it shall happen yonder that hundreds shall be sacred, hundreds
shall be flames! Behold!"
I looked below and saw my people there, and all were well and happy
except one, and he was lying like the dead--and that one was myself. Then
the oldest Grandfather sang, and his song was like this:
"There is someone lying on earth in a sacred manner.
There is someone--on earth he lies.
In a sacred manner I have made him to walk."
Now the tepee, built and roofed with cloud, began to sway back and forth
as in a wind, and the flaming rainbow door was growing dimmer. I could
hear voices of all kinds crying from outside: "Eagle
Wing Stretches is coming forth! Behold him!"
When I went through the door, the face of the day of earth was
appearing with the day-break star upon its forehead; and the sun leaped up
and looked upon me, and I was going forth alone.
And as I walked alone, I heard the sun singing as it arose, and it
sang like this:
"With visible face I am appearing.
In a sacred manner I appear.
For the greening earth a pleasantness I make.
The center of the nation's hoop I have made pleasant.
With visible face, behold me!
The four-leggeds and two-leggeds, I have made them to walk;
The wings of the air, I have made them to fly.
With visible face I appear.
My day, I have made it holy."
When the singing stopped, I was feeling lost and very lonely. Then a
Voice above me said: "Look back!" It was a spotted eagle that was hovering
over me and spoke. I looked, and where the flaming rainbow tepee, built
and roofed with cloud, had been, I saw only the tall rock mountain at the
center of the world.
I was all alone on a broad plain now with my feet upon the earth,
alone but for the spotted eagle guarding me. I could see my people's
village far ahead, and I walked very fast, for I was homesick now. Then I
saw my own tepee, and inside I saw my
mother and my
father bending over a sick boy that was myself. And as I entered the
tepee, some one was saying: "The boy is coming to; you had better give him
Then I was sitting up; and I was sad because my mother and my father
didn't seem to know I had been so far away.