She told us that as long as we took care of it and respected it that our people would never die and would always live. When she was done teaching all our people, she left the way she came. She went out of the circle, and as she was leaving she turned and told our people that she would return one day for the sacred bundle. And she left the sacred bundle, which we still have to this very day. When White Buffalo Calf Woman promised to return again, she made some prophecies at that time.
One of those prophesies was that the birth of a white buffalo calf would be a sign that it would be near the time when she would return again to purify the world. What she meant by that was that she would bring back harmony again and balance, spiritually. There is much dissent in the world today. Mother Earth cannot tolerate all of the dissent. This is a time of preparation.
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This is a time to decide which road to take. This is time to heal the anguish of Mother Earth. This is a time to look within yourself for goodness and the goodness within others,'' he added. While all cultures have religious beliefs that are similar, Brown Bear said Native American beliefs follow the basic path of all religions — love yourself, love others.
The message, delivered by the Chief of the Lakota Sioux Nation, was presented Thursday afternoon at the Heider farm in Janesville — birthplace of the white buffalo. Chasing Horse, accompanied by small group of family members and Lakota elders, gathered everyone in a circle to perform the religious ceremony, formally outlawed by the U. Until the Indian Religious Freedom Act of , Chasing Horse said it was against the law to hold publicly gatherings such as this one in order to share his native heritage.
During the event, the Lakota chief shared several stories that have been passed on from one generation to the next. He told of the prophecies predicting severe hardships on Native Americans, and the prediction that one day his people would again rise to prominence. He also shared the prophecy that soon, all mankind will live in harmony with the Earth. The first sign of those predictions coming to pass, he said, was the birth of the white buffalo.
It is the signal of the time for things to come," Chasing Horse said, adding the message mankind needs to heed now is to restore balance and harmony to the Earth. French author Pierre Honore minutely examined the original journals of the conquerors. There he found records of what they encountered in the New World — huge cities with urban populations well-versed in the arts and sciences, following finely ordered systems of law.
Archeological excavations of modern times have verified these accounts, unearthing sophisticated cities and pyramids that rival those of Egypt. Most importantly the native peoples themselves are stepping forward, revealing traditions and sacred knowledge they took underground years ago when the conquerors came. They speak now because they understand the import of the present times.
Their sacred sciences tell them the world is at a turning point, that its choices today will determine the future course of civilization. Their prophecies have instructed them to travel out into the world and tell us of the dangers we face. These voices are important for us to hear because they speak from hearts that have tried to remain true to their sacred teachings — to live in the way of brotherhood and simplicity, establishing harmony with one another and with all living things. This is what they say: We are entering a time of purification and can expect to witness chaos and destruction in all the kingdoms of nature.
It is a time for the reuniting of the races. Barriers of religion and nationality will begin to fall as all people realize their essential unity. We must heal the damage done to Mother Earth, the source of life, and recognize that all living things are endowed with spirit. In the coming times we will see the return of one or more Great Teachers who will guide us into the future.
In his book The Return of the Bahana, Robert Boissiere discusses the widely held belief among native peoples in the imminent return of a savior figure, and claims that it in no way differs from the Christian belief in a second coming.
In the legendary history of many tribes there is a story of a teacher similar to Jesus who taught the spiritual mysteries and an ethical way of life. When he left, they say, he promised to return at a time when the Earth would be in great turmoil, to guide humanity into the future. He is best known by the names of Quetzalcoatl and Kukulcan. North America Thomas Banyacya has traveled the world for almost 50 years speaking about the prophecies of his tribe, the Hopi. For centuries the Hopi have lived in one of the harshest environments of the US — perched on a desert mesa in Arizona.
Their ancestors chose such a place to settle because they knew it would keep their people close to the creator. They continually reaffirm their reliance on God by an annual series of rituals asking the spirits to supply their every need.
In a group of Hopi elders accepted the task of warning the world of the events that the Hopi prophecies foretold. The prophecies themselves instructed them to approach the UN. It took 44 years of effort, but in they were finally permitted to address the General Assembly SI December 93, p. This beginning led to another gathering at the UN in , called the "Cry of the Earth Conference", when leaders from seven nations released their prophecies. Hopi prophecies speak of the return of Bahana, their True White Brother, who left them in ancient times, promising to return.
They wear their hair in bangs to form a window, they say, by which to see their Elder Brother when He returns. It is also an identifying mark for the Elder Brother to recognize them. Black Elk and Crazy Horse were leaders of the Lakota Sioux in the late s, a period which saw in the US the decimation of many native groups.
Each had a vision of the future. Black Elk saw that his people would be plagued by famine and sickness and war. They would lose heart and the sacred hoop of his nation would be broken. But he saw a vision of his own nation being reunited after seven generations and becoming part of the greater hoop of all the nations of the earth.
Then he saw the daybreak star rising in the east, and heard a voice that said: "It shall be a relative to them, and who shall see it shall see much more, for from there comes Wisdom; and those who do not see it shall be dark. Crazy Horse's vision foretold the darkness that descended on his people.
He saw the coming of automobiles and airplanes and the tragic world wars of the modern era. He saw his people gradually awakening after the last war and beginning to dance again under the Sacred Tree. Then amazingly he saw that dancing along with his people were representatives of all races who had become brothers. Thus he foresaw that the world would be made whole again, not just by his own nation but by all peoples working together.
It represents purity, sacrifice and a sign that prophecy is being fulfilled. When she left, she turned into a white buffalo, and promised some day to return.
In a white buffalo calf was born in Wisconsin; in another was born in South Dakota. For the native peoples these births have been a sign to "mend the hoop" of the nations, to establish brotherhood within the family of man, and return to a spiritual way of life. SI Sept.
The Peacemaker foresaw the turmoil and destruction that would destroy the lives and culture of the Confederacy tribes. But he also saw a time beyond when there would come a great Prophet who would be a World Uniter.
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He would come in the same spirit as other prophets before Him but would renew the spirit of man in a way more worldwide and all- embracing than ever before in history Australia and New Zealand Among the Australian aboriginals it is believed that each tribe has a responsibility to take care of one part of the environment. They believe that underground minerals are a vital part of the earth's energy grid and are greatly concerned about the excessive mining in modern times, particularly of uranium.
In the elders met in Canberra, drawing together over Aboriginal people. They gave a warning of cataclysms to come and told the people to go out and teach their knowledge to the world, to prepare it for a future time when we would go back to our beginnings — when all cultures will exist as one. The Waitaha nation claims the most ancient lineage in New Zealand.
When the nation was broken up by warriors from the Pacific the elders concealed 1, years of their generational history and wisdom teachings, passing the knowledge on through only a tiny number of people in each generation.
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In the elders saw in the heavens a configuration that was a sign for them to release their sacred knowledge. In their language wai means water and taha means gourd, implying the idea of a water carrier, the sign of Aquarius. They are one of the few who escaped the destruction of the Europeans and still live their lives in accordance with their ancient spiritual heritage.
Alarmed by the excessive mining and deforestation of modern times, in for the one and only time they allowed a BBC television film crew to visit them and document their lives.