GAIA RISING: “Upon suffering beyond suffering, the Red Nation shall rise again” – Black Elk, Hopi, Crazy Horse and Mauna Kea

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– How, one might ask, do Black Elk, the Hopi people, Crazy Horse and the current goings-on on Mauna Kea fit together?  At least how do they fit together in this one IndianaSmith’s mind?

It is the prophecy.

What’s going on on Mauna Kea right now is the fulfillment of Black Elk’s prophecy about the Seventh Generation.  And a little Google searching this morning brought up the fact — something  I wasn’t aware of but am not surprised to learn — that Crazy Horse also predicted this day; this day, and beyond.

Black Elk Speaks is a biography of Black Elk’s life, facilitated between John Niehardt and Nicholas Black Elk, translated by Nicholas’ son Ben, recorded in shorthand by John Neihardt’s daughter, then edited by John Neihardt.  A more complete version of Black Elk’s information is presented in the book The Sixth Grandfather, edited by Raymond J. DeMallie.

In the book Black Elk tells many stories from his life, how he became a medicine man, how he is just a simple humble human being, and all of these details give the framework for his great Vision and prophecy.  Someone online has found all of the places in the book that talk about his great Vision and prophecy and made a webpage out of them.  Very convenient.  Here’s another website where a reader can read the whole book.

What I remember from reading Black Elk Speaks years ago was that “now” in the book (when Black Elk was a child) the people are doing fine; there would come a day when things would start getting bad for the Lakota people; and then there would come a further day when the Lakota people would be on the brink of starving, dying, and disappearing, and that day is the day of reckoning.  Will the children of that day allow the Lakotas to die?  Or will they stay strong and live?  It was the idea that in the Seventh Generation, the children of that generation would have to make a choice:  to be bought out, enticed by money and “things,” or to remain Lakotas, firmly connected to the Land and the Mother Earth.

This is the reasoning behind why the people of Pine Ridge have been awarded money for the taking of the Black Hills, but they do not accept the money — they want the land back — and the federal government counts this money “against” the tribe.  The government, seeing that the people of Pine Ridge “have” access to the money, and the money is sitting there in an account growing interest, supposedly, say, when divvying up treaty money, that the Pine Ridge people “have” this money and are using it, therefore they don’t get as much in federal treaty money.  This is why the Pine Ridge lands are the poorest counties in the whole country.  This money is counted against them.  They’re not accepting it, but it’s “theirs” in the eyes of the federal government.  So far, the Lakota people have not been bought out.

It is assumed by some that we are now living the times that Black Elk saw in his Vision, the times of great devastation, the times of great temptation to take the money and forget Who We Really Are, forget our connection to the earth and the ancestors, and just go buy stuff.

The Hopi people have the same kind of prophecy:  keep your connection with earth, or succumb to the temptation of stuff — what do you choose?  Another page of Hopi Prophecy talks about the day of reckoning, the Day of Purification, the choice we have to make here on earth is those who choose to stay close to the land, and those who choose the white-man science.

What I did not know until this morning was that Crazy Horse had a few things to say about these days, only four days before he died:

Upon suffering beyond suffering; the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of seven generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things, and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be as one.”  -Crazy Horse

This last vision of Crazy Horse’s was spoken in 1877, approximately seven generations ago.  It was retold by Chief Joe Chasing Horse, a relative of Crazy Horse.  He translated it from the words of the grandmother who was present when the words were spoken, while Crazy Horse sat smoking the sacred pipe with Sitting Bull for the very last time, four days later he was slain.

Some say Crazy Horse was a great mystic and knew there would come a time when the white man and his ways of treating the Earth and his fellow human beings would leave him hanging on the edge of a very deep chasm.  He knew these ancient teachings of respecting the Earth and each other, must once again be honored and respected.



From where I sit today, I know that there is a profound spiritual connection between the one who lived a life as Crazy Horse and the one who lived a life as the last King of Hawai’i,  David Kalakaua.  And I know who that person is, and where he is, living in this lifetime right now.

For all of these reasons and interconnections, I am profoundly moved to see what’s going on today at Mauna Kea.  People are standing up for the land and are not giving in to white-man science.

And by the way, for those who are following the goings-on in Hawai’i:  the word Mauna itself is interesting to me; so is the word Wakea.  Wakea means “sky father” to the Polynesian world; to the HoChunk people of northeast Nebraska and Wisconsin, the word Wakaja means Thunderbird, as in Thunder Clan.  Mą’ųna, in HoChunk, is the word for Earthmaker.  When Hawaiian people pronounce the word Mauna, and HoChunk people pronounce the word Mą’ųna, it sounds the same to my ear.  This can’t be a coincidence.

Much Aloha to all.

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