|Posted by Jon Gilbert on April 30, 2020 at 2:25 AM|
A Pale Horse This Way Rides
“In the Lakota/Sioux tradition, a person who is grieving is considered most waken, most holy.
There's a sense that when someone is struck by the sudden lightning of loss, he or she stands on the threshold of the spirit world. The prayers of those who grieve are considered especially strong, and it is proper to ask them for their help.
You might recall what it's like to be with someone who has grieved deeply. The person has no layer of protection, nothing left to defend. The mystery is looking out through that person's eyes. For the time being, he or she has accepted the reality of loss and has stopped clinging to the past or grasping at the future. In the groundless openness of sorrow, there is a wholeness of presence and a deep natural wisdom.” ― Tara Brach
In the groundless openness of sorrow, there is a wholeness of presence and a deep natural wisdom.
North American History
This story is a story about 4 nations divided and conquered by a pale invasion of Manifest Destiny authored by a papal bull issued in 1493 known as the Doctrine of Discovery.
It starts in the east among tribes of the mid-Atlantic and northeast who first helped the original pilgrims survive bitter cold winters and bare fields of crops to finding hope and peace from the Iroquois Nation that gave the settlers their constitution to build upon. The Great Law of Peace.
It ends when Manifest Destiny had reached climax and fever pitch in California decimating its peoples and changing forever the landscape. In the middle the Spanish bring the horse to the Pueblos but are rebuked by wise tribal leaders. The horse's return to North America takes root for plains Indians and shapes battles that ended poorly for the 7th Calvary at Little Big Horn (Greasy Grass). The Colonial Spanish horse returned via Columbus, Cortes', Coronado and De Soto from the 16th to mid 19th century, originating from Spain and others from breeding establishments set up by the Spanish in the Caribbean.
This overview is less about horse's and more about .. you guessed it, stolen and forgotten history. Many may be familiar with the modern version of 'pale horse' which seems to have many meanings depending on which day of the week or geo-political contrivance is upon us.
Revelation 6 - "and I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth". Was Manifest Destiny a Pale Horse?
Let's hold those thoughts for now and look elsewhere for answers..
Life before Settlers
The true number of Native Americans pre-Columbus is not known. However..
Scholars rely on archaeological data and written records from European settlers. Most scholars writing at the end of the 19th century estimated that the pre-Columbian population was as low as 10 million; by the end of the 20th century most scholars gravitated to a middle estimate of around 50 million, with some historians arguing for an estimate of 100 million or more.
With the help of good record-keeping (something the US government controlled for a time) and tribal input a map can be useful. It should come as no surprise that the bountiful lands of North America were indeed saturated with indigenous tribes and families numbering in the tens of millions..America the Beautiful.
Night Hawks Vision Quest
First Nation Origins
The oldest known DNA in North America comes from a Blackfoot man in Montana. After getting his DNA tested, Darrell "Dusty" Crawford learned that his ancestors were already in the Americas about 17,000 years ago. Natives have long known this..that traditionally they were always here in the America's and had NOT crossed over the Beringia land bridge north, rather their oldest ancestors came from the south.
Moreover, CRI Genetics looked at Crawford's mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), genetic material that is passed down through mothers. An analysis showed that Crawford is part of the mtDNA haplotype B2 group, which originated in Arizona about 17,000 years ago, the Great Falls Tribune reported.
This group is one of the four major Native American groups in North America. These groups are traced back to four female ancestors: Ai, Ina, Chie and Sachi. Crawford appears to be a descendant of Ina.
"Today, this Native American line is found only in the Americas, with a strong frequency peak on the eastern coast of North America," CRI Genetics reported.
Shall we back up and take a high altitude look at the simple and honest beliefs that existed in the 'New World' before the 1500's.
In Peru we are to know of the Incan sun god Inti, also called Apu-punchau. At Puma Punku he is verified as Virachoca at the Sun Gate. Viracocha then found his way up through into Central America and Mexico as Quetzalcoatl for the Olmec/Toltec, Mayans and Aztecs.
Aztecs then retreated into the Southwestern United States with their beliefs and rituals safely guarded. These then made their way up into Canada. Two vital regions were the west coast up into British Columbia and the revered Totem Pole knowledge and the NE and Great Lakes regions of the Anishinaabe.
Many tribes formed alliances and met together in longhouses…others under the sun or in sacred kiva's to smoke tobacco and honor others. The Hopi held fascinating snake dances and other seasonal rituals emerging from their kiva's in the northern Arizona high desert mesas – far away from strangers and iron-clad warriors, or so they thought.
With the coming of Columbus in 1492 a new beginning was about to take place unbeknownst to millions of peaceful souls.
For the Anishinaabe/Ojibwe Great Lakes tribes and the Pacific Northwest tribes the highest totem was the Eagle for it reflected resurrection and renewal, lifting and guding humanity and mother Earths natures out of the cycle of destruction as we all move forward throughout our galactic ages.
Only now can we look back to see what was once common knowledge had subsequently become stolen by the white man's religion.
The Law and the Longhouse
The Longhouse was both a family communal living space and one for inter-tribal councils. It's size accomodated the long cold winters and times of great story-telling. It's said that during the writing of the US Constitution in Philadelphia several members of the Iroquois confederation attended. They were upstairs during deliberations and could be questioned at any time for guidance and story-telling purposes. kay yay
This part of our story starts again in the south. While it is true that Columbus was in the west indies in 1492 Pizarro and his men invaded large parts of Peru in the early 1500's on a crusade that lasted most of the century (we'll return to North America shortly).
In Peru, one of the last Conquistadors to chronicle about Pizarro's first wave into the Cuzco region wrote:
"We found these states in a very good condition. The mentioned Incan's were governing them so wisely that among these people there were no thieves, neither vicious men nor unfaithful wives, no immoral people. Everyone had their honest and useful professions. They knew no crime or execution. Everyone owned their own property and not a single other person would claim it. What urges me to write about this now is my consciousness, I feel guilty. We've destroyed all this by our vicious and mean example. We've eliminated the nation that had such sovereigns and was so happy."
Three Incan Laws
Three most important Inca laws imposed on all citizens, were: “Do not steal” (Ama Sua), “Do not lie” (Ama Llulla) and “Do not be lazy” (Ama Quella).
The truth is the Children of the Sun were hunted; purposely murdered with lands taken and sacred sites 'Christianized'.
The rub was exploitation with a large 'treasure' grab about to unfold. At virtually every turn the Indigenous didn't know why the Invaders demanded to be taken to the treasure, for treasure to them meant sacred sites and knowledge not glittery metals.
The same thing happened in Mexico and Central America under Cortes' hostile siege and land grabs. Even-to-the-point that Cortes himself wrote to his King describing the amazing city of Tenochitlan (again this happened early in the campaign, before everything went sideways, as they had pre-planned).
A quick look at what transpired at some of the sacred sites:
"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 things in the spirit, And the shape of all shapes as they must Live together like one being." - Black Elk
NA Mounds and Chaco Canyon
Returning to North America, pre-Columbus, we find a landscape of over 200,000 mounds east of the 100th meridian and what had to be approx 20,000 mound-cities.
From Vast Freedoms to Trails of Unhappiness
This era lasted quite a long time, longer than most know, but with the arrival of European settlers all was about to change for a 'Pale Horse This Way Rides…'
The Mayflower departed Plymouth, England, on 6 September 1620 and arrived at Cape Cod on 9 November 1620, after a 66 day voyage. The western coast Cape Cod Bay was Patuxet land. The most famous historical Patuxet member is Squanto, a man kidnapped twice to Europe who found his tribe completely wiped out from European disease upon return.
He taught Pilgrims where to find nuts and berries. He taught them how to prepare for the winter. Squanto stayed with the Pilgrims and helped them in many ways. He later helped translate negotiations.
Even though the Europeans brought the pox that killed his people he helped the white-skinned humans in their times of need.
Quickly the early colonies grew and soon the frontier was opened for expansion by George Washington - first into northern Ohio territory. Crossing the Appalachians meant crossing others 'long held lands and beliefs'. Along the way, all the way to California, many heart-breaking wars broke out.
Sadly, there are many terrible events recorded in these wars like villages and prayer gatherings being burnt to the ground. By the time the Gold Rush had started many tribes there were under a lot of pressure and as the 'Rush" moved on some tribes simply vanished to time and history.
Arguably the worst day in American history came on December 29, 1890 when 100-400 Native Americans were slaughtered at Wounded Knee, mostly women and children. To make matters worse 20 medals of honor were given to members of the 7th Calvary. It's taken until recently for the United States Senate to consider rescinding these medals that 'honored' a massacre in history.
Fourteen years earlier General George Armstrong Custer met his destiny at 45°33′54″N 107°25′44″W - Greasy Grass (Little Big Horn).
These two events lead to a Crow medicine man starting the Ghost Dance - another sad time in history for it marked an end to a great free nation of tribes who lived in peace with each other and nature. Their religion was the honoring of the Heavens, Earth and Mother natures creatures while respecting the code of Father time. This was true from Tiwanaku to Canada and many, many places in between for they had great ancestors that had taught them well.
"Their religion was the honoring of the Heavens, Earth and Mother natures creatures while respecting the code of Father time."
"At the beginning of time, like all other beings in the natural world, all nations of the world were given what our Elders call the “Original Teachings”, that if followed would help create and maintain balance and harmony in the world at all times. If heeded, those fully developed spiritually would -- at the end of their Earth journey - be able to enter the Spirit World without the pains of physical death, as do all other species in Nature. To fully restore global balance and harmony, all nations must return to their roots on the Tree of Life and seek this knowledge. If we do not do this, we will be wiped out from the face of the earth and many souls may be lost." - Original Teachings
"Wakan Tanka, Great Mystery, Teach me how to trust My heart, My mind, My intuition, My inner knowing, The senses of my body, The blessings of my spirit. Teach me to trust these things So that I may enter my Sacred Space And love beyond my fear, And thus Walk in Balance With the passing of each glorious Sun." - Lakota Prayer
Knowledge and Wisdom beyond conventional understanding..recognized across the breadth of North American native beliefs, customs, regalia and rituals..
Hopi mythology reveals 9 worlds of which this current one is the 4th. The 3 previous worlds being destroyed by fire, ice and water. The Hopi believe their ancestors walked with their white Grandcestors in places like Tiwanaku, Palenque and Tikal before finishing their migration in North America's southwestern desert mesa's of Arizona, where, btw, there is no great city like that of South and Central America – bar the ghost-towns of Chaco Canyon to the east.
They also believe that the previous worlds fell due to a spiritual mis-adherence to the laws and ways of nature taught to them through the Creator by the kachinas. Acknowledging that they were the first humans on this continent, their mythology and vision stretches back 80,000 years.
This great cycle of time is fascinating as it is double that of cro-magnon man harkening back to the humble and industrious ways of first humans and his ancestors.
The modern Hopi occupies the longest continually inhabited community in North America at Oraibi. Would it not blow your mind to have taken a one thousand year time machine journey back to Old Oraibi (3rd mesa) when no one knew of Tiwanaku, Palenque or Tikal and listened to the Bear or Snake clan chiefs describe these cities and what they meant. Today at Shongopavi (2nd mesa) they still revive the feathered serpent in ceremony.
Oral myths and written scriptures have a way of condensing or expanding timelines, whereas the laws of nature riding with Father time give us the precise timeline that can be ascertained with the help of science and gathered evidences.
It is our position that the previous 3 world's of the Hopi were contained within one cycle of destruction – exact length of time as yet unknown, but likely generations. So like Revelation the Hopi have set out the coming cycle with the difference being the Hopi include the physical New World Americas in the past, present and future.. namaste'
Thank you my indigenous brother from a different mother..
The next chapter in Tribal Codex will be petroglyphs and regalia symbolism.
Article written by Jon Gilbert and is dedicated to my father and the memory of his father - rabbit and tobacco clans - village of Moenkopi