Native American Prophecy: “Warriors Of The Rainbow”
Do you know what a rainbow is? Yes, a beautiful bow of colors in the sky.
Do you know what a warrior is? A warrior is a brave person, one who has courage instead of being afraid.
Now let me ask you a question: Do you love animals or hate animals?
Do you love trees or hate trees?
Do you love people or hate people?
Do you love the rainbow or hate the rainbow?
Well, if you love animals and trees, people and rainbows, then maybe you are a Warrior Of The Rainbow.
[Editor’s Note: Lelanie Fuller Stone—otherwise known as “The Cherokee Lady”—relates the following story that her grandmother told her when she was a young girl.]
There was an old lady from the Cree tribe named Eyes Of Fire who prophesied that one day, because of the White man’s (or Yo-ne-gi’s) greed, there would come a time when the fish would die in the streams, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, and the trees would no longer be. Mankind, as we would know it, would all but cease to exist.
There would come a time when the keepers of the legend stories, culture rituals, and myths, and all the ancient tribal customs would be needed to restore us to health. They would be mankind’s key to survival; they were the Warriors Of The Rainbow.
There would come a day of awakening, when all the peoples of all the tribes would form a New World of Justice, Peace, Freedom, and recognition of the Great Spirit.
The Warriors Of The Rainbow would spread these messages and teach all peoples of the Earth or Elohi. They would teach them how to live the Way Of The Great Spirit. They would tell them of how the world today has turned away from the Great Spirit and that is why our Earth is sick.
The Warriors Of The Rainbow would show the peoples that this Ancient Being (the Great Spirit) is full of Love and Understanding, and teach them how to make the Earth or Elohi beautiful again. These Warriors would give the people principles or rules to follow to make their path right with the world.
These principles would be those of the Ancient Tribes. The Warriors Of The Rainbow would teach the people about the ancient practices of Unity, Love, and Understanding. They would teach about Harmony among people in all four corners of the Earth.
Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach the people how to pray to the Great Spirit with love that flows like the beautiful mountain stream, and flows along the path to the ocean of life. Once again, they would be able to feel joy in solitude and in councils.
They would be free of petty jealousies, and love all mankind as their brothers—regardless of color, race, or religion. They would feel happiness enter their hearts, and become
as one with the entire human race.
Their hearts would be pure and radiate warmth, understanding, and respect for all mankind, Nature, and the Great Spirit. They would once again fill their minds, hearts, souls, and deeds with the purest of thoughts.
They would seek the beauty of the Master of Life—the Great Spirit! They would find strength and beauty in prayer and the solitudes of life. Their children would once again be able to run free and enjoy the treasures of Nature and Mother Earth, free from the fears of toxins and destruction, wrought by the Yo-ne-gi and his practices of greed.
The rivers would again run clear, the forests be abundant and beautiful, the animals and birds would be replenished. The powers of the plants and animals would again be respected, and conservation of all that is beautiful would become a way of life.
The poor, sick, and needy would be cared for by their brothers and sisters of the Earth. These practices would again become a part of their daily lives.
The leaders of the people would be chosen in the old way—not by their political party, or who could speak the loudest, boast the most, or by name-calling or mud-slinging, but by those whose actions spoke the loudest.
Those who demonstrated their love, wisdom, and courage, and those who showed that they could and did work for the good of all, would be chosen as the leaders or Chiefs. They would be chosen by their quality and not the amount of money they had obtained.
Like the thoughtful and devoted Ancient Chiefs, they would understand the people with love, and see that their young were educated with the love and wisdom of their surroundings. They would show them that miracles can be accomplished to heal this world of its ills, and restore it to health and beauty.
The tasks of these Warriors Of The Rainbow are many and great. There will be terrifying mountains of ignorance to conquer, and they shall find prejudice and hatred. They must be dedicated, unwavering in their strength, and strong of heart. They will find willing hearts and minds that will follow them on this road of returning Mother Earth to beauty and plenty—once more.
The day will come; it is not far away. The day that we shall see how we owe our very existence to the people of all tribes who have maintained their culture and heritage, those who have kept the rituals, stories, legends, and myths alive. It will be with this knowledge, the knowledge that they have preserved, that we shall once again return to harmony with Nature, Mother Earth, and mankind. It will be with this knowledge that we shall find our Key To Our Survival.
This is the story of the Warriors Of The Rainbow and this is my reason for protecting the culture, heritage, and knowledge of my ancestors. I know that the day Eyes Of Fire spoke of—will come! I want my children and grandchildren to be prepared to accept this task, the task of being one of the Warriors Of The Rainbow.