Native American ancient myths and legends

 

This is a subject that has fascinated me for years, there is so much mystery surrounding the stories that where told by these people. The stories are told in such a way that I myself would like to believe that they are at least based loosely on fact, maybe they are? who knows.

I would like to share this page with you, it will be dedicated to those myths .and legends, many of these I have found in my travels throughout the internet but whenever I look I always seem to find something new, so this will be an adventure for me, I hope it is for you.

 

Kokopelli

 

Carvings of this hunchback-flute playing figure date back over three thousand years, carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the south west of America. Left – an ancient caving of Kokopelli. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kokopelli is a kachina, or spirit, found in the mythology of the Hopi, Zuni, and other Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest. A complex character, he plays various roles, including those of fertility spirit, trickster, and hunter.

Images of Kokopelli are among the oldest that survive in ancient rock art in the Southwest. He is also a popular figure on painted pottery. Usually depicted as a humpbacked figure playing a flute, he often carries a large bag on his back and has antennae like an insect.

The Hopi indians have several fertility kachinas connected with Kokopelli. In some Hopi tales, Kokopelli’s bag contains gifts that he uses to attract women.

In others, he carries a baby on his back and leaves it with a young woman. The Hopi also have a female kachina called Kokopell’ Mana.

During ceremonial dances, a performer dressed as Kokopell’ Mana challenges Hopi men to race with her. If she catches her opponent, she knocks him down and pretends to mate with him.

Kokopelli is identified with various insects. Kuwaan Kokopelli, or the Robber Fly Kachina, is named after a humpbacked fly that is always mating. Like Kokopell’ Mana, this kachina represents fertility.

In a tale about how Kokopelli guided the Hopi to a new land, Kokopelli is either a locust or a grasshopper. When an eagle dares him to pass an arrow through his body, he cleverly slips the arrow under one of his wings.

Kokopelli’s flute is similar to the flutes used in Native American religious rituals. As a hunter, Kokopelli may play the flute to attract the mountain sheep he is hunting. The Zuni call him a rain priest and connect him and his music with the gift of rain.

According to the Hopi, Kokopelli warmed the land and the winds by playing his flute as he led them to their homeland.

 

There is a mountain of information about Kokopalli on the internet,

 

The heart beat of Mother Earth

The Abenaki  People and the legend of the Drum

It is said that when the Creator was preparing a place for the Spirits to dwell on Mother Earth, a loud Boom was heard in the distance, As the Creator listened, the sound came ever closer until it was present right in front of Creator. Creator asked  “who are you?” “I am the Spirit of the Drum” ,came the reply, Creator asked of the Spirit of the Drum, “What is it you want?” The Spirit of the Drum spoke to the creator, saying “I would like to be part of this wonderful thing you are creating ”

After a moment of thought, Creator asked, ” and what part will you play, Spirit of the Drum” ” I would like to accompany the voices of the people ” replied Spirit of the drum, When they sing from their hearts, I will sing too, as if I am the heartbeat of Mother Earth, then all will sing in harmony.”

Creator granted the request of the Spirit of the Drum and from that point on, the Drum accompanied the voices of the People.

 

 

Every seed is awakened and so is all animal life. It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being and we therefore yield to our animal neighbours the same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land.

Sitting Bull

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The natural order of Nature was the key to the North American Indians wisdom and spirituality. Animals where looked upon as equal  in rights to humans, they were hunted yes, but only for food and the hunter first asked the permission of the animals spirit.

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Apache tear drop

 

Apache tear drop stones

Apache Tear Drop is a form of Black Obsidian,it is a calming translucent stone found in Arizona and other parts of the United States of America. It is composed of Feldspar, Hornblende,Biotite and quartz. It was formed by rhythmic crystallisation that produces a separation of light and dark materials into spherical shapes, and is a form of volcanic glass.

There is a haunting legend about the Apache tear drop. After the Pinal Apache’s had made several raids on a settlement in Arizona, the military regulars and some volunteers trailed the tracks of the stolen cattle and waited for dawn to attack the Apaches.

The Apaches, confident  in the safety of their location, were completely surprised and out numbered in the attack..Nearly 50 of the band of 75 Apaches were killed in the first volley of shots. The rest of the tribe retreated to the cliffs edge and chose death by leaping over the edge rather than die at the hands of the white man.

For years afterwards, those who ventured up the treacherous face of the Big Pacacho  in Arizona found skeletons or could see the bleached bones wedged in the crevasses of the side of the cliff.

The Apache women and lovers of those who had died gathered a short distance from the base of the cliff where the sands were white, and for a moon they wept for their dead. They mourned greatly , for they realised that not only had their 75 brave Apache warriors  died, but with them had died the great fighting Spirit of the of the Pinal Apaches.

Their sadness was so great, and their burden of sorrow so sincere that the Great Father embedded into black stones the tears of the Apache woman who mourned their dead. These black Obsidian stones, when held to the light, reveal the translucent tear of the Apache.

The stones are said to bring good luck to those possessing them. It is said that whoever owns an Apache Tear Drop will never have to cry again, for the Apache woman have shed their tears in place of yours.

The Apache tear drops are also said to balance the emotional nature and protect one from being taken advantage of. It is also used  to produce clear vision and to increase psychic powers.

Black Obsidian is a powerful Meditation stone. The purpose of this gem stone is to bring to light that which is hidden from the conscious mind. It dissolves suppressed negative patterns and  purifies them. It can create a somewhat radical behaviour change as new positive attitudes replace old, negative, egocentric patterns.

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