(Interesting Tales and Bits of Wisdom)

A True Story

A True Friend sent me a Great story a few days ago and I meant to post it with this flute. Thanks so much Brother! Cool Story Man!

A long time ago in western Georgia, amoung the Southeastern Creek-Hitchiti Indians, lived Walnut-Cracker. His name was given him because he spent most of his time gathering, cracking, and eating walnuts in the same spot.

He always placed walnuts on a large stone and cracked them open, using a small stone. For the rest of the day and evening he ate walnuts. This was how Walnut-Cracker lived for many years. When he died, his people buried him at the place where walnuts grew.

Sometime later, a Creek hunter passed that very place and found a large mound of walnuts. As he was hungry, he cracked some and ate the good meat. Later that same evening the hunter returned. He sat down and cracked many walnuts on the large stone.

While the hunter was busy cracking and eating walnuts, a man came out of his nearby lodge. He heard someone at the place where Walnut-Cracker had lived. He listened and plainly heard the cracking noise. Looking closely through the darkness, he saw what looked like a person sitting where Walnut-Cracker always sat.

The man went back into his lodge announcing, "Walnut-Cracker, who died and was buried, now sits at his same place, cracking walnuts on the large stone! Do you think it is his ghost?"

All of the man's family came outside quietly, looking toward Walnut-Cracker's place. There they saw someone cracking walnuts on the large stone, who surely looked like Walnut-Cracker himself.

One of the family was a Lame Man, a good friend of Walnut-Cracker. "Take me on your back", he pleaded. "I want to see him again". So he was carried on the back of another who walked quietly toward the ghost.

That is what the thought, and they stopped in fear. But Lame Man whispered, "Please take me a little farther." His companion took him a little way, then stopped. The hunter did not hear them, because he was cracking walnuts.

"Please, take me a little farther," again asked Lame Man. The hunter looked up and saw the people through the shadows. He jumped up, seized his bow and arrows, and ran away.

When the ghost moved, the people ran back to their lodge. The one carrying the Lame Man became frightened and dropped him and left, running back to the lodge. Lame Man, too, jumped up and ran to his people. He was no longer a Lame Man!

Tribal storytellers say, "he outran the others, beating them to the lodge. He walked perfectly ever after."

As for Walnut-Cracker, no one saw his ghost again!

Mother Earth Wisdom

"When the first white settlers came to this part of the world, they didn't realize it at the time, but an order had already been established here. Every insect, bird, plant, tree, even the people who lived here were all in their place doing their job for Mother Earth. Taking only what they needed and keeping the earth alive and supplied. That's what made this land so beautiful!! Today we recognize this as the balance of nature. We know that this balance is necessary to sustain life on earth including our own! Today in our automobiles we can travel hundreds of miles in just one day! We can hop on a jet and fly thousands of miles in just a few hours!! Our computers can do almost anything... But all of this technology put together can't stop a tornado, or blizzard, or thunderstorm!! We can't even stop a little gust of wind!!! The tides in the ocean go in and out like clockwork. Winter always follows Fall & Springtime comes after Winter. If you throw something into the air, it comes right back down! No matter how smart we think we are, the natural forces of this planet we live in are still in charge. Sometimes we need to remember that we did not create any of the life that lives around us. There is a power far Greater, far more intelligent, and far more important than the entire human race put together!! We must realize that the human race could completely disappear, and not a tree in the forest would miss us, not a flower, a river, or the clear blue sky, nothing in the natural world would care. Nature doesn't need mankind, but mankind needs nature, without it, we couldn't survive. Our very existence depends upon the existence of all life around us. We must keep these realities in mind as we progress with our civilization."
This story or a similar is one frequently told by Okefenokee Joe, a close personal friend of mine,

Comments From Swampfox

I have spoken with many of my Elders recently, and I want to thank them, and also tell you just a few of the things mentioned to me that could help all of us.

"A wide door has been opened to us and with it comes many adversaries.

The Creator is always giving us opportunities to move forward in life. It is his desire that we grow and reach our full potential.

Sometimes when we step forward the enemy will try to bring opposition and adversity against us. The Creator has promised that through him we can overcome any opposition the enemy brings our way.
When opposition comes, stand your ground and continue doing what you know to do. Pray to the Creator and walk in Love and Forgiveness.
Soon the enemy will realize that they are not fighting against you, but against the Spirit Father Himself, and the evil deeds done to you will turn around and attack this enemy. Nothing they do will ever prosper, until they have made things right once again.

You will move forward to new levels of Victory overcoming the opposition and walking through the door the Creator has opened to you!"


A Tale of Understanding

"There was a young man about twenty years old who was raising his child. His wife had passed away during child birth. He began to teach this young boy all that he knew about this earth and how to get along with animals and how to hunt. And how to offer tobacco when there was a sacrifice of an animal to be given for food. He taught this little boy how to fish and how to respect the animals of the forest and how to understand the different types of trees and that some give fruit and others sap that can be made into a maple syrup. And to understand the four directions, to understand the wind, the language of the four seasons. Everything that this young boy learned, he learned from his father, how to trap, and how to survive, and then there came a time when this young boy was about eighteen years and told his father that he wanted to go off to another village, and he wanted to find a companion, and so he did.

Many months went by and finally he came back and he had a companion with him and they lived with the father and then very shortly they had a child, a little boy, and the father, now the grandfather, began to pass on the same knowledge that he gave his son. He begin to raise him, teaching him the ways of the animals, the forest, the four directions, teaching him the music, the songs, and how to understand people, and how to respect life itself.
And then there came a time when this boy was about ten years old, that the wife told her husband that she was tired of living in the same room with Grandpa, and she told her husband that he should ask him to leave, to move out and go build his own house, and the husband said, I can't do that because this is his home, he built it for us, and she said, well I married you, I didn't marry him, and that if you don't ask him to leave, then l will take our child and I will leave.

And so the father thought about this and suddenly he told his young boy, he said, tomorrow I am going hunting to the North, and I want you to take Grandpa to the South as far as you can walk. And I want you to leave him there, and Grandpa will understand what he has to do, he will understand this action.

And the little boy didn't understand. He cried and asked his Father for an explanation. He said, but Father, Grandpa has been teaching me all that I know. Why do I have to do this to him? The Father said, son you must follow the wishes of your Dad. And give him this blanket when you leave him.
So the next morning the Father went out to hunt and he went to the North. His son took Grandpa and he went to the South. He went as far as he could walk, and he left him there. And during the evening his Father came back from hunting and the little boy was sitting on the bed and he was crying. The Father asked him if he had taken Grandpa out and the little boy said yes, I took him as far as I could walk. And the Father noticed the blanket was on the bed and he said, but I told you to give Grandpa this blanket. And the boy stood up and he said, Dad I gave him half of the blanket, the other half I will give to you some day.

And the Father and the Mother understood the message from this little boy, and they understood what they had to do, so they went out and they brought Grandpa back."

Yigaquu osaniyu adanvto adadoligi nigohilvi nasquv utloyasdi nihi
(May the Great Spirit's blessing always be with you)