The Great Serpent and the Flood

From Maine and Nova Scotia to the Rocky Mountains, Indians told stories about the Great Serpent. More than a century ago the serpent was considered to be “a genuine spirit of evil.” Some version of the story of the Great Flood of long ago, as recounted here, is told around the world. Nanabozho (Nuna-bozo, accented on bozo) was the hero of many stories told by the Chippewa Indians. At one time they lived on the shores of Lake Superior, in what are now the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin and the province of Ontario. One day when Nanabozho returned to his lodge after a long journey, he missed his young cousin who lived with him. He called the cousin’s name but heard no answer. Looking around on the sand for tracks, Nanabozho was startled by the trail of the Great Serpent. He then knew that his cousin had been seized by his enemy. Nanabozho picked up his bow and arrows and […] Read More

Origin Of The Medicine Lodge

In the earliest times there was no war. All the tribes were at peace. In those days there was a man who had a daughter, a very beautiful girl. Many young men wanted to marry her, but every time she was asked, she only shook her head and said she did not want a husband. “How is this?” asked her father. “Some of these young men are rich, handsome, and brave.” “Why should I marry?” replied the girl. “I have a rich father and mother. Our lodge is good. The parfleches are never empty. There are plenty of tanned robes and soft furs for winter. Why worry me, then?” The Raven Bearers held a dance; they all dressed carefully and wore their ornaments, and each one tried to dance the best. Afterwards some of them asked for this girl, but still she said no. Then the Bulls, the Kit-foxes, […] Read More

1915: U.S. Court Examines Alaskan Native Witchcraft

Centered around allegations of witchcraft and sorcery, the strange case of Mary Moses – or Klantosh, as she was known to her tribe – could’ve been the last official “witch trial” in North American history…had the District Attorney been able to find a law that was broken by the witch in question. The following newspaper account was published in the Harrisburg Telegraph on November 11, 1915: Juneau, Alaska, Nov. 11.– That witchcraft still exists among the natives of Alaska, was brought out in the United States District Court before District Attorney J.A. Smiser here. A complaint of the practice of witchcraft among the natives of Killisnoo was made some time ago to W.G. Beattie, superintendent of native schools for Alaska. An investigation in the Killisnoo village led Superintendent Beattie to bring a number of the tribe to Juneau for examination by District Attorney Smiser, with the result the witch […] Read More

1999: Night of the Red Sky

The Prophetic Vision of ‘Grandfather’ In the 1920s, an Apache wise man had a Vision of four prophecies that foretold death and destruction for mankind, unless we incorporate Spirit in our daily lives. Two of these prophecies may already have come true. Extracted from Nexus Magazine, Volume 7, Number 1 (December 1999 – January 2000). PO Box 30, Mapleton Qld 4560 Australia. editor@nexusmagazine.com Telephone: +61 (0)7 5442 9280; Fax: +61 (0)7 5442 9381 From our web page at: www.nexusmagazine.com by Tom Brown, Jr © 1991 The Tracker, Inc. PO Box 173 Asbury, NJ 08802, USA Telephone: +1 (908) 479 4681 Fax: +1 (908) 479 6867 E-mail: TrackInc@aol.com Website: www.trackerschool.com A number of people can predict the future, but few get the timing correct. “Grandfather” was an Apache wise man and scout, named Stalking Wolf, who grew up outside white man’s influence. His many predictions not only came true in […] Read More

The First Buffalo Stone

One time long, long ago, before the People had horses, the buffalo suddenly disappeared. All the hunters killed elk, deer, and smaller game animals along the river bottoms then. When all of them were either killed or driven away, the people began to starve. They were camped in a circle near a buffalo drive. Among them was a very, very poor old woman, the second wife of her husband. Her buffalo robe was old and full of holes. Her moccasins were old and were torn by rocks. While gathering wood for the fire one day, she thought she heard someone singing a song. It seemed quite close… but when she looked around she saw no one. Following the sound and looking closely she found a small rock that was singing, “Take me! I am of great power. Take me! I am of great power.” When the woman picked up the rock it told her what […] Read More

2007: Skinwalkers – What Are They?

By Colm Kelleher and George Knapp 8-9-7 With skinwalkers becoming the subjects of popular books and recently, movies, it is fair to ask about their origins. In August 1996, a team of scientists arrived on a remote ranch in NE Utah to investigate a bizarre litany of phenomena; including unidentified flying objects, animal mutilations, paranormal and poltergeist occurrences that appeared to erupt almost on a nightly basis. The list went on and on. The first piece of information the team learned from local people was that the ranch lay “on the path of the skinwalker”. Was the skinwalker responsible for the weird happenings on this ranch? What followed was a multi-year odyssey into the dark unknown as the science team tried to pursue, measure and photograph the elusive “skinwalker”. The complete account of the unprecedented research project is published in the book “Hunt for the Skinwalker“. In the religion […] Read More

2000: Grandfather’s Visions of These Times

From Grandfather by Tom Brown “Author and wilderness expert Tom Brown has told students about the current status of the 104 prophecies given by Stalking Wolf (“Grandfather”). To date, 99 of these have come true. From the time that the 100th prophecy is fulfilled, the red sky prophecy’s fulfillment is purported to be seven to ten years beyond that date. “Much to the surprise of many of my white friends, Stalking Wolf was a prophet — a true prophet — the kind that 100% of his prophecies come true.”  Tom continues, “Out of all of the personal and major prophecies that Grandfather foretold, there are four that stand out above all the rest. It is these four that mark the destruction of man and life on Earth as we know it to exist now. Yet Grandfather said we could still change things, even after the first two prophecies come […] Read More

How Coyote Stole Fire

Native American Lore Long ago, when man was newly come into the world, there were days when he was the happiest creature of all. Those were the days when spring brushed across the willow tails, or when his children ripened with the blueberries in the sun of summer, or when the goldenrod bloomed in the autumn haze. But always the mists of autumn evenings grew more chill, and the sun’s strokes grew shorter. Then man saw winter moving near, and he became fearful and unhappy. He was afraid for his children, and for the grandfathers and grandmothers who carried in their heads the sacred tales of the tribe. Many of these, young and old, would die in the long, ice-bitter months of winter. Coyote, like the rest of the People, had no need for fire. So he seldom concerned himself with it, until one spring day when he was […] Read More

How the Fly Saved the River

 Many, many years ago when the world was new, there was a beautiful river. Fish in great numbers lived in this river, and its water was so pure and sweet that all the animals came there to drink. A giant moose heard about the river and he too came there to drink. But he was so big, and he drank so much, that soon the water began to sink lower and lower. The beavers were worried. The water around their lodges was disappearing. Soon their homes would be destroyed. The muskrats were worried, too. What would they do if the water vanished? How could they live? The fish were very worried. The other animals could live on land if the water dried up, but they couldn’t. All the animals tried to think of a way to drive the moose from the river, but he was so big that they […] Read More