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


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 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 this is what the white society wants to makes the speaker seem more aware of their culture and gives the listener the idea that they know something...they do not know our native 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 makes up the world around lends credibility to whoever speaks it..whether it be in prayer, conversation, communicating to children or the one can take away the meaning of our words..and if we cannot say things in our language..then it doesn't 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 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:
Enjoy, and feel free to comment on that article if you have any input or questions.
Be well.... J

Kia ora mike2014. I'm of New Zealand Maori descent and affiliate to numerous tribes in this country. It's been nearly a year since you commented your post to this site. Has your perception altered in anyway since? I am more inclined to feel that your people had some sense of explanation for the earth and nature and in particular the earth being a female essence. I'd have to disagree with your comment that the 'mother earth' idea is new. Our ancestors and us, their descendants, acknowledge the earth to be our earth mother who begat the sky father. To essentially deny the existence of a mother earth concept based on only finding one mention of 'mother earth' by Black Elk of the Sioux in a book hardly qualifies as proof there was no 'mother earth' concept. Did you ever consider the idea that perhaps your ancestors never entertained the idea of disseminating such sacred and/or guarded knowledge with the white man? Are you yourself a native speaker of your language with the in depth knowledge of the intricate meanings every syllable and sound makes? I think maybe 'mother earth' the brand is a new concept borrowed from indigenous peoples traditional histories. Our ancestors, be it mine or yours, were very clever adept people with nature who held deep sound beliefs in celestial and terrestrial origins, earth and sky and their elements. Kia kaha (google this) - I implore you to keep looking for some enlightenment with regard to this response, to find further understanding. I only know of those who follow Christian faiths to blatantly deny notions such as 'mother earth'. Feel free to email me too. Our people call the earth mother Papatuanuku. Kia ora. EM.

I would whole heartedly agree with mike2014. If there isn’t a linquistic expression or even an easy way to express a concept, it wasn’t one held by a people.

I also highly doubt a “peophesy” of such significance, in a nation of records, would have taken until 1962 to be recorded, nor 1984 to have it’s Atlantian and earth mother revelations come to even their attention.

As much as so many apparently want it to be so, ya might as well wish in one hand and crap in the other…..see which has substance.

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I have heard the term “Mother Earth” used in every (Navajo) Peyote Meeting that I have attended since 1981. Not once has it ever crossed my mind to question its historical usage. And to quibble over when it was first used by any First Nation diminishes the overall theme of the article, which is the approaching World Harmony.


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Please read the 50 chapters on the Sasquatchpeople. sasquatch-message-for-humanity you will know it words are truth!

Hi Mike, this is not true. I can't speak for other groups, but I've studied the ancient langauge of Quechua extensively (Incan tongue of the Andes) and Pachamama directly translate to "Mother Earth" in english and is used in a simliar way that we might use the term Mother Earth in the modern world (earth as fertile, provider, caretaker, nurterer, and communicator).

Hi Mike, this is not true. I can't speak for other groups, but I've studied the ancient langauge of Quechua extensively (Incan tongue of the Andes) and Pachamama directly translate to "Mother Earth" in english and is used in a simliar way that we might use the term Mother Earth in the modern world (earth as fertile, provider, caretaker, nurterer, and communicator).

We the Native Of Aotearoa, or New Zealand have always know Earth was a female element (Mother) named Papa-tu-a-nuku. Sky father Ranginui. They descended from Io, the Creator, who had TE Kore(The Nothing)... TE Po (the Dark/Night.. Many stages of night... Then TE Aomarama... With the stages of day.. Stars .. Earth named above. Sky Father and Earth Mother hugged so tight, that Thier children could not grow in this dark condensed environment. They had turns trying to push them apart.. Tangaroa, The sea.. was Tane the Forest ( a giant tree) who succeeded.. Then there was light..and life, the Earth thrived...we descend from that... This is a very simple version of our geneology passed down since creation. Totally believe and know that Earth is Indeed Mother..

Not true. The Aleuts talk of Mother Earth and Farther Sky. The Zunis speak of Awonawilona (the Maker and Container of all, the All-father Father) and Awitelin Tsita, the "Four-fold Containing Mother-Earth". And the Navajo also speak of Father Sky and Mother Earth.
I think you are attempting to spread disinformation.

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.

Anyone who thinks the native Americans were primitive are, quite frankly, idiots. Even if you read an article/hear something that us actively trying to make them seem less advanced, you can hear in it all of the incredible things they did. Whether you're talking about stories or weapons, they really were amazing.

Totally agree. It is completely ignorant to say they are primitive. It is based on a lack of understanding of their culture and knowledge.

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.

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great article as well as comments. one reasons the term "Mother Earth" may not be in American Indian culture today or in recent past, is that the entirety of the American Indian culture was destroyed by Christianity, and they were forced to worship the "Holy Father."  the Japanese were also a drum culture and used the great taiko drum for the exact same reasons as mentioned here. the taiko drum predates Christianity by a couple thousand years. a lot of Japanese are Christian now too. I love this site.


maybe i need to expand on one point...mother earth, in those 2 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 if the words don't exist in our native 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 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...

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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Interesting, thanks Robert!

Hello Robert. In the United States, it is illegal for anyone who is not a citizen of a federally recognized tribe to possess feathers or parts of eagles and other raptors. In fact, the primary way American Indians receive them is through the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service by obtaining a certificate from our tribes confirming our citizenship and then requesting the feathers from the repository where all salvaged feathers and parts are lawfully preserved. Unfortunately, it can even take us up to five years to receive these spiritually crucial symbols, there is such a shortage.

So. Out of respect for our cultures, I would suggest anyone in the US who is not a tribal citizen of an American Indian nation avoid trying to obtain feathers, as it prevents those of us with valid cultural ties to such a rich and endangered heritage from doing the same.

Deep in my heart I'm an indian wild ans free
but in this world that wasn't meant to be
Sun father, Moon woman, Earth Mother guide me on my day
for in this worl I have lost my way....
The Moon is being addressed as a woman, the earth is being addressed as mother. Any way I am an Albanian from Kosovo. Some scientist believe now that we have been in Ballkans for as long as it has been, and our language is the original language that Latin and Greek were created thanks to the Albanian. We still have a language which is pretty interesting ( also with the technology our youth are changing our language ever day ). Even though the history was twisted as history is always twisted since it is the winer who writes the History ( so it comes only from one side ) and in general didn't accept that what we said we always knew that we are descendants of Illyria. We have been under so many tyranies and wars ( not one generation of albanians had lived a life without surviving at least one war ) so as every enemy came they each tried to change us, and everyone destoryed some more facts of our history. Last two generation didn't even get the oral teachings from our elders for it got lost mainly. We are indigenous in Ballkan. Today we are over 90% Muslim, and the rest Christians yet it is the only place where people live in harmony and religious tolerance. I do believe what made this possible is we were brothers and sisters, we were albanians first than came the religion. We still have drums as our main instrument although now is mainly used for weding ceremonies, and most people don't know how to playit. In our folklore songs we always heard about Mother Earth, and Kosovo is also known for a figurine found to belong to our ancestors ( looks like a woman alien frankly ) she is known all over where albanians are as the Goddess.Any way, have any of you heard about the new group of children being born world wide called the rainbow children ? The things said for these children do match with the characters of the Rainbow Warriors...Love, Light and positive energy to all

We all know that there are many ancient cultures and practices once and most of them are destroyed totally in a year just like within night. But not all the cultures. some of the cultures were transformed for improved(so think themselves) into current culture on the name of adaptivity. However some of those civilizations still uses same kind of rituals even now with only slight differences.

For example in INDIA the marriages were accompanied by the drums and other musical instruments always and still referring the earth as mother even on their country song as "Thai manne vannakkam" means greetings mother earth. And there is saying that when the world going imbalanced by the violence, poverty and mentioned sinful things a person will arise and make the world to balance again and his name was mentioned as 'KALKI' in their veda's. may be they both were same.
The religion is just a cloak but the true thing is all were same and referring similar. The bad and god opposing persons were called by similar pronunciations in all religions.

in Greek "TITANS"
in Hindu "ARAKKAN"
in Muslim "SAITHAN"
in Christianity "SATAN"
even the "Flood and Nova's ark" were similar to the "Prilayam and Kumbam" in Bhavad Gita.

So we all need to know is that all were same and "GOD IS ONE"

We are indigenous in Ballkan. Today we are over 90% Muslim, and the rest Christians yet it is the only place where people live in harmony and religious tolerance. I do believe what made this possible is we were brothers and sisters, we were albanians first than came the religion.
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We still have drums as our main instrument although now is mainly used for weding ceremonies, and most people don't know how to playit. In our folklore songs we always heard about Mother Earth, and Kosovo is also known for a figurine found to belong to our ancestors ( looks like a woman alien frankly ) she is known all over where albanians are as the Goddess.

Anyone can edit the Wikipedia - - why not insert some reliable sourced material to dispute the current position at Wiki ?

Mother Earth can also be read as a Pagan expression. The terminology varies from one country to the next. However, this belief is not that old and only started with the Codex Regius in 1270 A.D.
Contrary to what the Latin Quarter may think.

Blessings and thank you.

I traveled with the Rainbow Family for many years,
and while some Rainbows,
or what we call Drainbows,
harm the earth,
pollute the rivers
and poisoned the air with their words,
many of use Rainbow Children seek to connect with the earth
swim in the rivers
eat the berries
and dance
tell stories
and drum around fires.

Through these experiences I learned of nature's joy
and the responsibility of nurturing all our relations.

Some of us believe we are a modern embodiment of these myths,
I myself am one of them.

We keep looking to these myths and waiting for them to come:
they have come,
we are they.

May we continuously grow and become 1 2-gether.

Blessings Be...

In the end the Blue Man of greed/war/deception is defeated by the Rainbow warriors.
This is Dakota prophesy. Black Elk being the prophet.

Other tribes/races/religions, have had similar prophesies. Most believe, Dakota and Christian alike, that Wakon Tanka/Yaweh/The Lord/Allah reveals truth to his followers whereby "He has spoken thru the prophets".

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