I have been to the end of the earth.
I have been to the end of the waters.
I have been to the end of the sky.
I have been to the end of the mountains.
I have found none that are not my friends.
All About Eagles
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(One who wandered with Spotted Eagle)
Bald Eagle Information
Eagle War Feathers
Eagle Web Ring
Stories & Poems
Eagle Stories and
of the American Eagle Emblem
Pah-To, The White Eagle
of the Eagle Feather
Where Eagles Fly
Eagle, come with wings outspread in sunny skies.
Oh, Eagle, come and bring us peace, thy gentle peace.
Oh, Eagle, come and give new life to us who pray."
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eagle there is all the wisdom of the world."
Brookie Craig BTRU93A@prodigy.com
I went to the Warm Springs reservation in Oregon and then to the
Federal Eagle Repository in Ashland Oregon.
probably never heard of Nathan Jim, Jr. He was a Yakima Indian who was
arrested for illegal possession of Eagle Feathers and parts, by the
Feds a couple years ago. He languished in fed jail for l4 months
awaiting trial and was finally put on probation for this heinous crime.
His lawyer appealed it under the new Religious Freedom act which
guarantees Native Americans the right to eagle feathers to practice
their religious ceremonies and again lost the appeal..He killed himself
fearing that (in his mind) it would mean that the feds would rearrest
him and sentence him to jail again.
moved his prosecuting US Attorney that he grabbed a bundle of eagle
feathers at the Fed Eagle Repository (yes..our tax dollars at work) and
drove to the reservation so they can use them for Nathan's spirit
sending ceremony (burial) but arrived too late so Nathan didn't even
get a feather in death.
decided to continue the challenge to the Feds and drove to Ashland
Oregon where they keep dead Eagles (yes..its true they have a Eagle
repository there) and with much dread and fear (we NA do not TRUST the
feds, having felt their wrath many times in the past) and trembled my
way through the door fully expecting the worst. I was met at the
counter by a little old lady who is a volunteer there. While holding my
Bureau of Indian Affairs ID card in one hand and my Cherokee Tribal
Registration card in the other, I tried to remember my Ancestors who
would want my voice to be strong and proud. I stood a little taller and
I said, "I want a Eagle Feather which is my right under the Religious
Freedom Act." I expected a lightning bolt to come down but instead saw
a gentle smile as she softly said, "Of course," walked over and handed
me a a packet of federal forms to fill out with instructions to send in
to the Portland office of the US department of Wildlife management.
smiled as I read that I will have to have signed references from
another Elder and Verification from the Bureau of Indian Affairs AND my
Tribe to prove that I am, indeed a REAL Indian. References even for a
asks..."Do you want a Bald or a Golden Eagle?" CHOICES!?!? I'm not
prepared..."Do you want just a wing..or talons..or the head...or the
whole eagle?" WHAT?!?!?! I come in expecting to be arrested for asking
for ONE feather and they're offering me the WHOLE bird!?! I am confused
by the offer and She sees that I'm unprepared for them offering me
choices of parts of this sacred bird and smiles her suggestion that
perhaps I might want to look at the drawings of the parts of the bird,
circle what I want and include it with the forms...I am defeated
instantly by her gentleness.
her how they send an Eagle to me and she replies through the U.S.
Mail..THE MAIL!?! I cannot envision receiving a dead Eagle through the
mail and smile at the thought that I might owe postage due upon
out the door I turn my head and see a stuffed Eagle, sitting silently
perched proudly, in a glass cage, on display in the main lobby and
overwhelming sadness fills my heart as I realize that another Eagle
fell from the sky...a man, also fearful but who stood up for his
beliefs, who will never be remembered by anyone for a cause that no one
really cares about I guess...and the thought of his falling in vain
fills me with a sense of profound grief, for our People believe that
the Eagle is the sacred Messenger who brings the messages from our
Creator...The thought hits me that no one will hear that message for
the Eagle plunged to Mother Earth and perhaps mankind might have had a
chance to have heard something sacred, but now...will never know.
is something terribly tragic in that. I hope someone hears this message
and cares about Nathan Jim, Jr. and the Eagle who fell from the sky.
There is something
inherently evil in the system of a country, that was founded by people
escaping religious persecution, that fills it's citizens with such fear
that they kill themselves over what they consider to be a basic right
of religious freedom.
the world was new, the Creator made all the birds. He colored their
feathers like a bouquet of flowers. The Creator then gave each a
distinct song to sing. The Creator instructed the birds to greet each
new day with a chorus of their songs. Of all the birds, our Creator
chose the Eagle to be the leader. The Eagle flies the highest and sees
the furthest of all creatures. The Eagle is a messenger to the Creator.
During the Four Sacred Riguals we will wear an Eagle Feather in our
hair. To wear or to hold the Eagle Feather causes our Creator to take
immediate notice. With the Eagle Feather the Creator is honored in the
"When the Eagle returns,
we will again be a great nation."
Spanish American War Veteran & Tribal Elder of the 1950s
"Our culture is
derivative of the natural resources.
If our culture dies, the only reminants are its physical attributes,
soon be dispersed to the natural environment.
If that happens, there will be no trace of our living culture."
Stuart Harris, a Cayuse Indian
“Prophesy says that it
is time to share some of the sacred traditions of our culture.
The four colors of man will be coming together to unite and heal.
Creator has given different gifts and responsibilities to each of the
Ours is to help preserve Earth for all the children. Time is running
out. It’s time to act.”
Indigenous Spiritual Leaders of the Americas
When the earth was
created, a great thundercloud appeared on the horizon. Flashing
lightning and thundering it's call, it descended toward the treetops.
As the mists cleared, there was an eagle perched on the highest
branches. He took flight and flew slowly down to the ground. As he
approached the earth, he put forward his foot,
and as he stepped upon the ground, he became a man.
For this reason we
recognize the eagle as a messenger of the creator, and rely upon him to
carry word of our actions to God. When the eagle comes to where we are
working, we know that God cares about us and is watching over us.
by Erik Phelps
Elder Michael Thrasher
once told me that the eagle feather has two sides. If the feather had
only one side then Eagle could not fly. On one side we find
mind/intellect, body/movement and spirit/emotion. Once these are
balanced a person is balanced. On the other side there is
institution/education (and not just Western style education), process
(the movement on one's path) and ceremony. Once these are balanced then
a person's life is balanced. When the two sides of the feather are
balanced then we have proper behaviour.
is.......Eagle doesn't care if its feathers have two sides....
It just opens its wings and flies up to Creator.
by D'Arcy Rheault
"For the medicine man
every breath is a ceremony.
Every step is sacred."
"I sit on Mother Earth.
I see the dancing fire.
I hear the rustling wind.
I feel the warming of the sun."
"We must always think of
ourselves as sacred,
as coming from the kachinas. Something inside our spirits does
tell us if we get into trouble, or do something wrong."
Our spirit will tell us:
SOMETHING. SOMETHING IS WRONG."
Gift to My Brother
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