somewhere close to himself? So, Falling Rock decided to travel west to findthe Tonka.So, on the first day of Summer, with all the tribes assembled, FlyingEagle and Falling Rock set off on their quest. He who returned with theTonka would be the leader of all the tribes.By the time of harvest, neither brave had returned. By the time ofretreating to winter quarters, neither brave had returned. By the time ofthe Great Council meeting, in the Spring, neither brave had returned. Thechiefs and elders of tribes met. They had to decide what to do. Just asthey were going to enter sweat lodges for purification, a figure, a person,appeared on the eastern horizon. A war party was sent out to capture or killthe man, for he may be the coming trouble. But, the chiefs and elders sawan unusual sight. There was rejoicing in the war party as they approachedthe man. Flying Eagle had returned.Flying Eagle was thin, weary, hardened and dismayed. He had notfound the Tonka. He told, however, of a great danger he had seen in theEast. Men, white men, where coming. He warned the tribes that the menonly seemed friendly. They were actually evil spirits in disguise. The tribesmust prepare for them.As Flying Eagle was the only warrior ever to return from a quest, itwas decided to make him Great Chief of All the People. So it was. Heunified the tribes and made them stronger.But, what of Falling Rock? What had become of him? Was he lost?Maybe after being in the high mountains, he could not find the People on theprairie? Flying Eagle decreed that a signal would be made for Falling Rockto follow. A large fire was to be lit in all the major camps. Fire at nightwould be a beacon and smoke columns each day would serve the samepurpose. So, it was done.