The Warriors of the Rainbow

The Warriors of the Rainbow Prophecy

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One day... there would come a time, when the earth being ravaged and polluted, the forests being destroyed, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, the fish being poisoned in the streams, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist

CreeThis is how the ‘Rainbow prophecy’ begins, as retold by a woman of the Cree Indian nation of America over a century ago.

The Cree are one of the largest groups of the First Nations Native Americans in North America. There are over 135 bands of Cree living in Canada, with a total population of approximately 200,000 today.

The Rainbow prophecy, as it has come to be known, refers to the keepers of the legends, rituals, and other myths that will be needed when the time comes to restore the health on Earth.  It is believed that these legendary beings will return on a day of awakening, when all people will unite and create a new world of justice, peace and freedom, and they will be named the ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’. They will reteach the values and the knowledge that has been lost in time, demonstrating how to have wisdom and extra-perception, and how unity, harmony and love is the only way forward.

The rainbow reference relates to the different colours of the original people:

At the beginning of this cycle of time, long ago, the Great Spirit came down and He made an appearance and He gathered the peoples of this earth together, they say on an island which is now beneath the water, and He said to the human beings, "I'm going to send you to four directions and over time I'm going to change you to four colours, but I'm going to give you some teachings and you will call these the Original Teachings and when you come back together with each other you will share these so that you can live and have peace on earth, and a great civilization will come about.
Prophecy as told by Lee Brown of the Salish Tribe at the 1986 Continental Indigenous Council, Alaska.

A particularly interesting part of the prophecy relates to the choosing of leaders.  According to the story, a leader will not be the one that talks the loudest, boasts of successes, or has the support of the elite. Leaders will be those whose actions speak the loudest, the ones that have demonstrated wisdom and courage and have proven that they work for the benefit of all. Isn’t this how things should be?

The Rainbow has always held special significance among the different Native American Indian Nations. It is connected to the Spirit (Supreme God/Creator) in all things. Apart from the Cree prophecy there are many prophecies and stories from the Hopi, the Zuni and the Cherokee related to the rainbow warriors.

There will come a day when people of all races, colors, and creeds will put aside their differences. They will come together in love, joining hands in unification, to heal the Earth and all Her children. They will move over the Earth like a great Whirling Rainbow, bringing peace, understanding and healing everywhere they go. Many creatures thought to be extinct or mythical will resurface at this time; the great trees that perished will return almost overnight. All living things will flourish, drawing sustenance from the breast of our Mother, the Earth.

The great spiritual Teachers who walked the Earth and taught the basics of the truths of the Whirling Rainbow Prophecy will return and walk amongst us once more, sharing their power and understanding with all. We will learn how to see and hear in a sacred manner. Men and women will be equals in the way Creator intended them to be; all children will be safe anywhere they want to go. Elders will be respected and valued for their contributions to life. Their wisdom will be sought out. The whole Human race will be called The People and there will be no more war, sickness or hunger forever.
Navajo-Hopi Prophecy of the Whirling Rainbow

In the time of the Seventh Fire, a New People would emerge. They would retrace their steps to find the wisdom that was left by the side of the trail long ago. Their steps would take them to the elders, who they would ask to guide them on their journey. If the New People remain strong in their quest, the sacred drum will again sound its voice. There will be an awakening of the people, and the sacred fire will again be lit. At this time, the light-skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. One road is the road of greed and technology without wisdom or respect for life. This road represents a rush to destruction. The other road is spirituality, a slower path that includes respect for all living things. If we choose the spiritual path, we can light yet another fire, an Eight Fire, and begin an extended period of Peace and healthy growth. 
Grandfather William Commanda, Circle of All Nations Prophecy of the Seven Fires of the Anishnabe, From Ancient Wampum Belt

While Wikipedia would have people believe that the legend originates in a 1962 book titled ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’ by William Willoya and Vinson Brown, the reality is that the prophecy is ancient, passed down as oral history over many generations. Brown, himself, admitted that his research came from the Hopi prophecies, and the book has been criticised as an attempt to evangelize with the Native American community by relating the prophecy of the Rainbow Warriors to the Second Coming of Christ.

References to a new Era, a Golden Age characterised by harmony, stability and prosperity, do not just belong to the Native Americans, but can be found in myths and legends from all over the world.  It is known as Chryson Genos in Greek mythology, the Kali yuga in Vedic and Hindu culture, and gullaldr in Norse mythology.  One aspect that is common among many legends of the Golden era is the return of beings or gods that will aid in the restoration of the Earth.

In classical Greek mythology the Golden Age was presided over by the leading Titan Cronus. In some version of the myth Astraea, also ruled. She lived with men until the end of the Silver Age, but in the Bronze Age, when men became violent and greedy, fled to the stars, where she appears as the constellation Virgo, holding the scales of Justice, or Libra.

Whether these prophecies are true or not, much of what is spoken about – the era of greed and violence – is a reality throughout much of the world today.  Corruption, greed, poverty, consumerism, power to the few, and injustice are predominant characteristics of our civilization accompanied by a great technological advancement that has become a weapon for mass destruction and a tool for supressing resistance.  Whether beings from the past will interfere or not, one thing is for sure, life cannot continue in this way forever.

By John Black

References

Cree Indians

Cree Indian Prophecy

Rainbow Prophecy

The Prophecy of the Rainbow Warriors

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the concept of a "mother earth" is a new idea...its been said that if people speak of this term to turn away as they don't know whay they are talking about or are repeating what htey heard while on a camping trip or fishing trip or at powwows or where ever...The first and only reference that is recorded to the mother earth concept is in a book that is credited to Black Elk of the Sioux. In it the author or writer of the book says black elk mentioned a mother earth. Other than that "quote" there is no knowledge of a mother earth in any of the native teachings across canada. Being native i have been searching for truth and when this new concept came into being around the 80's and more momentum in the 90's was gained, i soon realized that people are repeating things that they heard and do not give credit anymore to where or why or who they heard it from..today the younger people want to be heard so they hear terms like this and in repeating it it also gives them more credibility, so it seems to them, in the larger white society...as this is what the white society wants to hear...it makes the speaker seem more aware of their culture and gives the listener the idea that they know something...they do not know anything...in our native language..be it Blackfoot, Cree, Dene, Ojibway...there is not a single way or word in those languages that can come up to make the term, mother earth...language for us defines who we are as a people...it makes up the world around us...it lends credibility to whoever speaks it..whether it be in prayer, conversation, communicating to children or the elders...no one can take away the meaning of our words..and if we cannot say things in our language..then it doesn't exist...as we have spoken our languages since time immemorial and mother earth would of been in our lexicon, since its not there...its a new concept..even when people are asked to say mother earth in their language..they cannot....so...when i hear mother earth being spoken or referred too...i know not to listen or read anymore...

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I agree!And where he wrote of Eras, Kali Yuga is not golden age!Satya yuga is golden age.

Before the printing press was invented, people 'read' pictures
before people read pictures they knew the words
before people made up words, they observed the thing

there has never been a shred of proof that no one ver observed andything for contless generations before making up a word for it

is a silly conjecture that I thing couldnt be known and loves as a part of 'Is" without there being a word for it
interpreting the past from what is presently known again

(I want to edit my comment, but can't. So that means posting it again. If a web master is reading this, please delete my earlier version)

I am not sure whether you are particularly looking for reference to the exact phrase "mother earth" or for something that references that concept. The concept most certainly exists, and there is evidence showing it goes back at least 20,000 years or more. So by no means is it a "new idea".

However, I am no historian of Native North American traditions, so I can't comment there. But I can give other examples, that would suggest it's highly UNLIKELY the Native North American's had no concept of the mother of creation, and of the Earth as a Motherly Being. Perhaps you are saying that as far as you can ascertain, it's a "new idea" within Native North American cosmologies?

In New Zealand, the Maori refer to Papatuanuku. That's the Earth Mother in their language. It dates back thousands of years.

The Kogi people of Columbia (a pre-Columbian civilisation still intact today) refer to the Mother in a vast array of manifestations. One of those is the Mother of the Earth. But for them, pretty much everything has a Mother. Mountains, lakes, species, the Sun, etc, and everything is born out of a the Mother. Their very existence is dedicated to the Mother. They also refer to the creative dimension or "mind" of the Mother... called Aluna.

Elsewhere in the Andes there is the recognition of Pachamama, the Earth Mother.

In India there are a multitude of references to the Mother aspect of creation. The most cosmic or vast is Gayatri, the Mother of all Creation. Shakti is a reference to more of an Earthly creative mother energy. There are other references too.

Early Christian ideology also referred to the Mother. Not specifically "Earth Mother" but most certainly a Divine Feminine aspect of Creation.

Even the English word "matter" comes from the Greek and Latin word matar, meaning Mother. This is reflective of a culture that related to the Earth and the physical dimension as a mother.

Earth in Greek is 'Gaia', which also refers to a feminine Goddess deity.

Throughout Slavic, Scandinavian, European, Middle Eastern, etc. cultures are a plentitude of names and references to the Earth Mother. Screeds of them, actually.

The word Terra, which we use to refer to Earth, is Roman for a Goddess who is the personification of the Earth.

The exact term "Earth mother" in the English is attributed back to at least 1904, as a literal translation of German 'erdmutter', which refers to a Goddess that is the source of Life.

As for Canada and North America? Well, as I said... I am not an expert on such things. But in light of what I have just shared above, I would be VERY VERY surprised if they somehow the vast number of tribes that once lived in those regions were collectively one of the only ancient cultures to be oblivious to the notion of the Earth Mother.

You are awesome......THANK YOU

Hi Jason, You're welcome. You're awesome too!
I actually forgot I'd posted my previous comment here. It actually led to me writing an article on that subject, which I suspect might interest you. Here's a link to it: http://jonathanevatt.com/site/global-recognition-of-the-divine-mother-1766/
Enjoy, and feel free to comment on that article if you have any input or questions.
Be well.... J

Another piece of a puzzle that teaches me that the Indians of the Americas were spiritually intelligent nations and not primitive as we have been educated to believe and are still so inclined to think today.

seems so silly to me that so many think a concept never existed untill it was recorded in a book

What I find interesting with the American Indian civilisation is that they were a 'Drum' culture - similar to tribes in Africa - messages, warnings, announcements were transmitted by drums - everybody was included - there was no secrecy, unlike the Kings, Popes and rulers in Europe. Which in turn begs the question "Why the secrecy" - which leads one to assume whatever needs to be kept secret must be wrong in some way- otherwise why hide it? From the reaction in the "West" to the revelations of Manning, Snowden et al, this would indeed appear to be the case.

maybe i need to expand on one point...mother earth, in those 2 words...in most if not all the dialects of the different peoples of canada..we do not have words that make up the concept of, mother earth...the words do not exist...so if the words don't exist in our native language..how can we have a concept of something we don't know anything about..there was a belief and still is for some...the sun, symbolically, is the father....the moon is the mother...earth is..earth...something we live and it provides food for us...the creator made what is on earth adn as the creator made it, so lives the spirit of the creator in all that is his creation...thats what we respect...his creations on this we call earth...

google... CBC ideas mother earth Maureen, and listen to a documentary regarding...mother earth...please...

i should note, stan cuthand or cutarm is a respected theologian, linguistic professor and a cree elder...he has i believe since died as he was in his 90's when the documentary was made...

http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/More+Shows/The+Choice/ID/1511447128/

I grew up listening to these stories from the old Medicine men from the Araphoe & Shoshoni Nations. I believed it then, as I do now. It sounds all so much the same.

I am interested in this article and its message......and would like and appreciate more of the same and other Native ways.

I just want to include and to pay respects to my Ancestors whom are Taiwanese Aboriginals. If you've never heard of The Warriors of the Rainbow in regards to my ancestors, it's worth checking out. My Mother is full blooded which makes me half.
I was born and raised in San Diego, CA. and linked up with some Native American drummers and started singing on the southern drum. I always thought that my mom was Chinese and just from Taiwan. Come to find after an intense surgery I just had 8 months ago, I found out that my mom is full blooded Taiwanese Aboriginal. I just found this out at 37 years of age after being involved in Native American Traditions for years now. I am forever a student of Native American Tradition and I still know little and next to nothing about Native American culture. It is amazing though that somehow I new somewhere in me, I was and am very tribal. My people also use Eagle and Hawk feathers for sacred ceremonial purposes. How can a man like me obtain a legal certificate and obtain my feather card so that I can have legal rights to continue on with the spiritual practices of my ancestors? Does anyone know? Is anyone willing to help me with this? Thanks for reading and may we all begin to take action into healing our Great Beloved Mother Earth. Ah-ho,
Robert Doerr

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