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Kanienkeh-How the Eagle First Came to the People

Kanienkeh-How the Eagle First Came to the People

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In the time of the beginning, it was the way of my people, to rejoice in the birth of a child. The Old Ones, the Elders said that a child was the most precious gift given to the people by the Creator.
In the time of the beginning, it was the way of my people, to rejoice in the birth of a child. The Old Ones, the Elders said that a child was the most precious gift given to the people by the Creator.

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Kanienkeh-How the Eagle first came to the People
 A Mohawk Legend
http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/Kanienkeh_How_The_Eagle_First_Came_To_The_People-Unknown.htmlIn the time of the beginning, it was the way of my people, to rejoice in the birth of achild. The Old Ones, the Elders said that a child was the most precious gift given to thepeople by the Creator.So, in this time, was born a male child. As was the way of the people, this child wasgiven no name until he had been in the physical world for three moons.When three moons had passed, his family held a Naming Feast, to share and celebratethis gift. The Old One's whose responsibility it was to find the Spirit Name for each newsoul, was given tobacco. He would fast and pray and search the Spirit World until thename was found.On the fourth day, his name was announced to all who were present. The Old One heldthe child high, close to Father Sky. Then he touched the child's body to Mother Earth.Next he faced the child to all Four Sacred Directions: the East, the direction of springtime and childhood. Then the South, home to summer and adolescence. Thirdlyhe faced him to the West where Autumn and maturity reside. Finally, he faced North,home to Winter and the Elders. As he spoke the child's name, all who heard it were surprised. No child ever hadreceived such a Name: He Who Walks a Different Path: Ka-Bay-she-go-e-sayd. As this child grew, it became apparent that He Who Walks a Different Path was verydifferent than the other children.It was the way of the People that everyone within the village contributedin some wayto the well-being of all. "It must be so" the Elders said. "We live in a delicate balancewith all our relatives. We must take only what we need to survive. We must respect ourMother the Earth, Grandfather Sun, Father Sky, and Grandmother Moon.""We must respect all Kingdoms, all things, all our relations. All must work together."So, in this place, each one worked. Some were Hunters, Guardians and Warriors wholearned from the Spirit of the Bear or Wolf. Others carried the knowledge and history of the peoples, and often traded goods, as Storytellers, learning from the Turtle. Stillothers were Dreamers, planners, War-chiefs who learned from Hawk, or coyote. Someothers were builders making lodges, canoes, tools and weapons needed to survive,learning from the Beaver. A few were Holy People, Healers and Medicine People wholearned from all things that existed and helped the ill."Children are closer to our Creator and will know their own path", so the Elders taught.So the People allowed the children to learn and experience many things around them.
"Children are not owned but belong to the community and the future." All around caredfor the children and kept them safe.So Ka-Bay-she-go-e-sayd was allowed to investigate many ways of learning. He oftenspent many hours in the woods, talking to the four-leggeds, (animals) and the winged,(birds). He felt it was wrong to hunt and kill his friends for food. An Elder once reported seeing the child surrounded by animals with a Falcon and aHawk on each shoulder. People shook their heads and wondered.Each time the boy was questioned about his choice of lives work, he answered: "It isnot for me". As he grew towards adulthood, he was asked more frequently. Always he replied: "It isnot for me."It was the Way of the People to deal with problems or conflicts by "Taking it to theFire'. All the Elders sat in the Sacred Circle around the Fire. Everyone who wished tospeak was given time. One could talk as long as one wished. Respect must be shown inmanner andspeech. There was no interruption of the speaker. Then the Elders wouldconfer and pray and talk until a consensus or agreement was reached. All the Peoplewould abide by the decision.So, Ka-Bay-she-go-e-saydwas called to this place. When he was given time to speak,he said: "The Creator has given me a different Vision. These ways are not for me."The Elders spent many hours trying to reach a decision. Finally, the Elder whoseresponsibility it was to speak for the People, rose to his feet. His voice was filled withsadness. "If you will not work or help in any way, you must leave this place. There canbe no room for those who do not contribute to the well-being of our People."There was great sadness. This had never happened before in the memory of anyone.There was much sadness in the village, as the boy packed a blanket, some dried berriesalong with his few clothes and left the village.The boy felt sad to leave his family, but he also felt happiness for now he could spendall his time in the forest with the birds and animals who were his friends.The days passed slowly and pleasantly for the youth. He learned many things from his Animal-kind brothers and sisters.The hunters of his village came to find foodfor the villagers. Some of his animal-kindfriends chose to offer themselves so that the village people could continue to have foodand clothing. The hunters left Tobacco and said prayers of appreciation and thanks fortheir gifts.Wa Bay she go e saydwas saddened when his animal-kind friends died. So he began togo ahead of the hunters to warn and frighten away the animals. Game became scarce,

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