North American Indians tell many stories about the stars – individual stars and groups of stars. Often in these stories, the stars are referred to as “the People of the Sky World.”
Several different Native American Indians tell stories about the sky being’s coinciding with humans since the beginning of time. Til recently I haven’t really put much thought to the stories until I started thinking about stories that were told to me as a child. Being a native woman myself I figured it was high time I started exploring these stories and see where it goes. Learning from elders and attending pow wow’s was much a part of my upbringing as breathing air. I was told that “When the first white people came to the Northwest, Natives of several tribal nations told them about a great bridge of rocks and earth that once spanned the lower Columbia River. When the bridge fell, they said, the rocks made numerous rapids and little waterfalls in the Columbia, near the present city of Hood River. Now the rocks and rapids are covered by the waters above Bonneville Dam”.
As more and more stories got told to us to the more I started to think it was all just some made up things to entertain kids. But this one in particular I want to share with you.
“The creation of life”
The earth is a great island floating in a sea of water, and suspended at each of the four cardinal points by a cord hanging down from the sky vault, which is of solid rock. When the world grows old and worn out, the people will die and the cords will break and let the earth sink down into the ocean, and all will be water again. The Indians are afraid of this.
When all was water, the animals were above in Galunlati, beyond the arch; bur it was very much crowded, and they were wanting more room. They wondered what was below the water, and at last Dayunisi “Beaver’s Grandchild,” the little Water-beetle, offered to go and see if it could learn. It darted in every direction over the surface of the water, bur could find no firm place to rest. Then it dived to the bottom and came Up with some soft mud, which began to grow and spread on every side until it became the island which we call the earth. It was afterward fastened to the sky with four cords, but no one remembers who did this.
At first the earth was flat and very soft and wet. The animals were anxious to get down, and sent out different birds to see if it was yet dry, but they found no place to alight and came back again to Galunlati. At last it seemed to be time,
and they sent out the Buzzard and told him to go and make ready for them. This was the Great Buzzard, the father of all the buzzards we see now. He flew all over the earth, low down near the ground, and it was still soft. When he reached the Cherokee country, he was very tired, and his wings began to flap and strike the ground, and wherever they struck the earth there was a valley, and where they turned up again there was a mountain. When the animals above saw this, they were afraid that the whole world would be mountains, so they called him back, but the Cherokee country remains full of mountains to this day
When the earth was dry and the animals came down, it was still dark, so they got the Sun and set it in a track to go every day across the island from east to west, just overhead. It was too hot this way and Tsiskagili, the Red Crawfish, had his shell scorched a bright red, so that his meat was spoiled; and the Cherokee do nor eat it. The conjurers put the sun another hand breadth higher in the air, but it was still too hot. They raised it another time, and another, until it was seven hand breadths high and just under the sky arch. Then it was right, and they left it so. That is why the conjurers call the highest place Gulkwagine Digalunlatiyun, “the seventh height,” because it is seven hand-breadths above this arch, and returns at night on the upper side to the starting place.
There is another world under this, and it is like ours in everything, animals, plants, and people, save that the seasons are different. The streams that come down from the mountains are the trails by which we reach this underworld, and the springs at their heads are the doorways by which we enter it, but to do this one must fast and go to water and have one of the underground people for a guide. We know that the seasons in the underworld are different from ours, because the water in the springs is always warmer in winter and cooler in summer than the outer air. When the animals and plants were first made, we do not know by whom, they were told to watch and keep awake for seven nights, just as young men now fast and keep awake when they pray to their medicine. They tried to do this, and nearly all were awake through the first night, but the next night several dropped off to sleep, and the third night others were asleep, and then others, until, on the seventh night, of all the animals only the owl, the panther, and one or two more were still awake. To these were given the power to see and go about in the dark and to make prey of the birds and animals which must sleep at night. Of the trees only the cedar, the pine, the spruce, the holly, and the laurel were awake to the end, and to them it was given to be always green and to be greatest for medicine, but to the others it was said: “Because you have not endured to the end you shall lose your hair every winter. “Men came after the animals and plants. At first there were only a brother and sister until he struck her with a fish and told her to multiply, and so it was. In seven days a child was born to her, and thereafter every seven days another, and they increased very fast until there was danger that the world could not keep them. Then it was made that a woman should have only one child in a year, and it has been so ever since.
A different way of thinking but pretty awesome to think about, once I started digging around more about the star beings a family member of mine, a medicine man brought it to my attention one night while looking up at the stars. He said that we were all created brought here by the sky beings and to this day they still watch over us making sure we are on the right paths. He talked about our ancestors and the treaty they made with the star beings and how we are supposed to pass this knowledge down to our children and our childrens children. I laughed and said to him you know when I was younger I did always feel as though I was not from this planet and he smiled and shook his head, “children know the best”, he said. He believes that indigenous peoples share a rare alien blood line that happened after we were made and some of the sky beings decided to take some of the women as wives and had children with them. These children were called star children and many of those children that were born still have living family members today. So after talking with him I started to make different diaries about things in the sky, example: position of the galaxies and the positions of the planets. I even waited outside looking up through my telescope in hope of seeing something nobody else has seen. With no success but I still go out to look up at the sky in hopes that I do. It could just of had been my imagination but I definitely believe I saw something maybe something I was not supposed to see. Which brings me to my next rant which I am sharing from of another site I ran into while looking around about the topic, by : http://beforeitsnews.com/paranormal/2013/02/cherokee-little-people-from-the-stars-black-eyed-blue-skinned-people-lived-underground-according-to-cherokee-indian-legend-2447376.html which can be read from this site as well.
What do the Cherokee say about these sky beings? The following quote describing “Moon People” (another Cherokee name for “The Little People”) implied they were not originally from Earth. The Cherokee Native Indians tell that when they first came to the southeastern United States, they found many well-tended gardens but not the people who cared for them. Eventually, they discovered a group of people who lived underground and came out only at night to tend the gardens. They harvested the food and took it underground to their cities. These people were small, had blue skin and large black eyes. The sun rays were too harsh for them so they built their cities underground and only came out at night using the light of the moon. The Cherokee called them the “Moon People.”. The other Little People had come from a different source because they had reddish whiskers and they squinted their eyes as if the sun hurt their eyes. The Cherokee said they killed the red whiskered ones. The Cherokee said they cleaned them out. I don’t know why, but the Cherokee didn’t like them from the beginning. They didn’t like the looks of them because they weren’t like us. Unlike the Cherokee, the Moon-Eyed People are bearded and have pale, white skin. The Cherokee knew the Moon-Eyed people primarily from the many remains they left behind…the mounds and low stone walls that can be found throughout the southern Appalachians. The most famous is just over the North Carolina border in Georgia at Fort Mountain. Now a state park, Fort Mountain gets its name from the 850 foot long stone wall that varies in height from two to six feet and stretches along the top of the ridge.
THE MYSTERY OF THE FORT MOUNTAIN WALL
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The remains of the 855-foot stone wall that gives Fort Mountain its name wind like a snake around the northeast Georgia park, and its very presence begs a question: Who put them there? A Cherokee story attributes the wall to a mysterious band of “moon-eyed people” led by a Welsh prince named Madoc who appeared in the area more than 300 years before Columbus sailed to America. A plaque at the wall says matter-of-factly it was built by Madoc and his Welsh followers, but professional archeologists give no credence to the legend. “There has been no archaeological evidence to back up stories that either this Welsh prince or any others came to explore the New World,” said Jared Wood, the manager of the archaeology lab at the University of Georgia. As the legend goes, the group arrived at Mobile Bay around 1170, made their way up the Alabama and Coosa rivers and built stone fortifications at several spots near present-day Chattanooga, Tenn. Dana Olson, an author who has spent decades trying to prove the legend, said circumstantial evidence on both sides of the Atlantic is too compelling to ignore. “I’ve traveled all over the country finding these forts. Some of them are pretty well-known, but I’m still uncovering some of them,” said Olson, the author of “The Legend of Prince Madoc and the White Indians.”(*Note below)
The stone structures have long been a topic of debate. Many scientists have come to believe that the walls at Fort Mountain and other Southeast sites were built by native Americans between 200 B.C. and A.D. 600. “We’re not exactly sure what purposes these enclosures served,” said Wood, the UGA archaeologist. “But they were likely well-known gathering places for social events. Seasonal meetings of friends and kin, trading of goods, astronomical observance, and religious or ceremonial activities may have occurred there. “Yet supporters of the Madoc legend say the wall’s tear-shaped designs are similar to ruins found in Wales or elsewhere in Great Britain.
They point to an 1810 letter from John Sevier, the first governor of Tennessee, who said that in 1782 he was told by an Indian chief that the walls were built by white people called the Welsh who lived in the region before the Cherokee. They were driven out with the promise that they would never return to Cherokee lands, Sevier said in the letter, and they supposedly traveled to the Ohio valley or downstream to the Mississippi. There is also evidence of a major battle between 1450 and 1660 at the Falls of the Ohio, which Olson said was the scene of the “big battle began between the red Indians and the white Indians” – the Welsh. Supporters of the legend say Madoc made two trips to North America, with the first visit coming in 1169. While scientists say the story was widely accepted in the 17th and 18th century, it has fallen out of favor over time. “For one thing, there is not a historian that goes along with the theory of pre-Columbian contacts in the United States,” said Sundea Murphy, who works with Corn Island Archaeology in Louisville, Ky. “A scientist needs proof. A historian needs proof,” she said. Yet she sees no reason to discount the story of Madoc or any other pre-Columbian culture – from the Vikings to the Polynesians – exploring the continent. “There were too many other civilizations that had the capability to make cross-ocean voyages,” Murphy said.
THE WELSH INDIANS
Madoc, a Welsh prince who, according to legend, sailed to America in 1170 with a group of settlers . The legend claimed the settlers were absorbed by groups of Native Americans .Their descendants migrated to the American Midwest, where there were reports from the first explorers in the area finding Indian tribes that spoke Welsh . The stories Welsh Indians became popular enough that even Lewis and Clark were ordered to look out for them . In 1833, artist George Catlin visited the Mandan Indians, whom he believed were the “Welsh Indians.” The Mandan were almost wiped out by European disease, the last full-blood Mandan died in 1971.
I found the following reference in John Keel’s ‘The Mothman Prophecies Quite interesting: The Indians must have known something about West Virginia. They avoided it. Before the Europeans arrived with their glass beads, firewater, and gunpowder, the Indian nations had spread out and divided up the North American continent. Modern anthropologists have worked out maps of the Indian occupancy of pre-Columbian America according to the languages spoken. The Shawnee and Cherokee occupied the lands to the south and southwest. The Monacan settled to the east, and the Erie and Conestoga claimed the areas north of West Virginia. Even the inhospitable deserts of the Far West were divided and occupied. There is only one spot on the map labeled “Uninhabited:” West Virginia. Why? The West Virginia area is fertile, heavily wooded, rich in-game. Why did the Indians avoid it? Was it filled with hairy monsters and frightful apparitions way back when? Across the river in Ohio, industrious Indians–or someone–built the great mounds and left us a great heritage of Indian culture and lore. The absence of an Indian tradition in West Virginia is troublesome for the researcher. It creates an uncomfortable vacuum. There are strange ancient ruins in the state, circular stone monuments which prove that someone settled the region once. Since the Indians didn’t build such monuments, and since we don’t even have any lore to fall back on, we have only mystery. Chief Cornstalk and his Shawnees fought a battle there in the 1760’s and Cornstalk is supposed to have put a curse on the area before he fell. But what happened there before? Did someone else live there? The Cherokees have a tradition, according to Benjamin Smith Barton’s ‘New Views of the Origins of the Tribes and Nations of America’ (1798), that when they migrated to Tennessee they found the region inhabited by a weird race of white people who lived in houses and were apparently quite civilized. They had one problem: their eyes were very large and sensitive to light. They could only see at night. The fierce Indians ran these “mooneyed people” out. Did they move to West Virginia to escape their tormentors?
WHO WERE THESE MOON-EYED BLUE PEOPLE?
So who are the Moon-Eyed People? Over the years there have been several theories on this subject, but no one knows if they even existed and simply a Cherokee legend. The folklore of the region is quite interesting, but it will likely remain a mystery. The interesting part is that they were reported by the Cherokee even before the Spaniards came to the new world. There has long been a legend of an ancient race or tribe of ‘Whites’ that existed and thrived long before the American Indians arrived in North America. There are tales among the Paiute about “Red haired giants” with fair skin in the West. The legend says that the Paiute were at war with these giants for generations and that the red-haired giants began to decline to a point where they became “dog eaters” (an insult). The final battle came when the Paiute trapped the giants in a cave on the edge of the mountains. They set a huge fire that eventually killed what remained of the giants. Most of this legend was considered “fanciful” in order to give greater status to the tribe….until a cave was discovered on the edge of the Sierra Nevada in the 1920’s. It’s called Lovelock Cave and a museum is now located there. Kennewick Man was thought to have been a part of this group of giants as well, though it was most likely of Asiatic ancestry despite being Caucasian-like. The Tocharian culture thrived in what is now Northwest China. Despite its total destruction, you can still see blonde hair and lighter colored eyes among the current population. In recent years, another tale of the nature of the Moon-Eyed People has also been put forth…that they are some part of the vast, pan-dimensional conspiracy of subterranean lizard people or Reptilians that secretly inhabit our world, most notably underground. This theory has been promoted, for the most part, by David Icke. Could it be true? At this point, do we really know what is fact or conjecture?
Either way if they really do exist is still a mystery one I would like to solve. Just like the countless sightings of UFO’s in the sky ever since the end of the mayan calendar in 2012. It’s still just only myth one that we all may find out to in fact be reality soon enough.
Until next time friends, keep an eye in the sky tonight for you may never know what you may see.
The Sleepless Mommie