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The Warriors of the Rainbow Prophecy

By John Black on Wednesday February 10th, 2016

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The warriors of the rainbow prophecy

Are the ancient stories of the Native Americans coming true?

One day… there would come a time, when the earth being ravaged and polluted, the forests being destroyed, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, the fish being poisoned in the streams, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.

This is how the ‘Rainbow prophecy’ begins, as retold by a woman of the Cree Indian nation of America over a century ago.

The Cree are one of the largest groups of the First Nations Native Americans in North America. There are over 135 bands of Cree living in Canada, with a total population of approximately 200,000 today.

The Rainbow prophecy, as it has come to be known, refers to the keepers of the legends, rituals, and other myths that will be needed when the time comes to restore the health on Earth. It is believed that these legendary beings will return on a day of awakening, when all people will unite and create a new world of justice, peace and freedom, and they will be named the ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’. They will reteach the values and the knowledge that has been lost in time, demonstrating how to have wisdom and extra-perception, and how unity, harmony and love is the only way forward.

Alt text hereLong ago Great Spirit came down and He gathered the peoples of this earth together

Leaders will be those whose actions speak the loudest

The rainbow reference relates to the different colours of the original people:

At the beginning of this cycle of time, long ago, the Great Spirit came down and He made an appearance and He gathered the peoples of this earth together, they say on an island which is now beneath the water, and He said to the human beings, “I’m going to send you to four directions and over time I’m going to change you to four colours, but I’m going to give you some teachings and you will call these the Original Teachings and when you come back together with each other you will share these so that you can live and have peace on earth, and a great civilization will come about. – Prophecy as told by Lee Brown of the Salish Tribe at the 1986 Continental Indigenous Council, Alaska

A particularly interesting part of the prophecy relates to the choosing of leaders. According to the story, a leader will not be the one that talks the loudest, boasts of successes, or has the support of the elite. Leaders will be those whose actions speak the loudest, the ones that have demonstrated wisdom and courage and have proven that they work for the benefit of all. Isn’t this how things should be?

Alt text hereElements of the Rainbow Prophecy reach across borders and oceans

The Rainbow Prophecy among Different Nations

The Rainbow has always held special significance among the different Native American Indian Nations. It is connected to the Spirit (Supreme God/Creator) in all things. Apart from the Cree prophecy there are many prophecies and stories from the Hopi, the Zuni and the Cherokee related to the rainbow warriors.

There will come a day when people of all races, colors, and creeds will put aside their differences. They will come together in love, joining hands in unification, to heal the Earth and all Her children. They will move over the Earth like a great Whirling Rainbow, bringing peace, understanding and healing everywhere they go. Many creatures thought to be extinct or mythical will resurface at this time; the great trees that perished will return almost overnight. All living things will flourish, drawing sustenance from the breast of our Mother, the Earth.

The great spiritual Teachers who walked the Earth and taught the basics of the truths of the Whirling Rainbow Prophecy will return and walk amongst us once more, sharing their power and understanding with all. We will learn how to see and hear in a sacred manner. Men and women will be equals in the way Creator intended them to be; all children will be safe anywhere they want to go. Elders will be respected and valued for their contributions to life. Their wisdom will be sought out. The whole Human race will be called The People and there will be no more war, sickness or hunger forever. – Navajo-Hopi Prophecy of the Whirling Rainbow

Alt text hereThere will come a day when people of all races will put aside their differences

In the time of the Seventh Fire, a New People would emerge. They would retrace their steps to find the wisdom that was left by the side of the trail long ago. Their steps would take them to the elders, who they would ask to guide them on their journey. If the New People remain strong in their quest, the sacred drum will again sound its voice. There will be an awakening of the people, and the sacred fire will again be lit. At this time, the light-skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. One road is the road of greed and technology without wisdom or respect for life. This road represents a rush to destruction. The other road is spirituality, a slower path that includes respect for all living things. If we choose the spiritual path, we can light yet another fire, an Eight Fire, and begin an extended period of Peace and healthy growth. – Grandfather William Commanda, Circle of All Nations Prophecy of the Seven Fires of the Anishnabe, From Ancient Wampum Belt

Ushering in a new era of peace and prosperity

While Wikipedia would have people believe that the legend originates in a 1962 book titled ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’ by William Willoya and Vinson Brown, the reality is that the prophecy is ancient, passed down as oral history over many generations.

Brown, himself, admitted that his research came from the Hopi prophecies, and the book has been criticised as an attempt to evangelize with the Native American community by relating the prophecy of the Rainbow Warriors to the Second Coming of Christ.

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References to a new Era, a Golden Age characterised by harmony, stability and prosperity, do not just belong to the Native Americans, but can be found in myths and legends from all over the world. It is known as Chryson Genos in Greek mythology, the Satya yuga in Vedic and Hindu culture, and gullaldr in Norse mythology. One aspect that is common among many legends of the Golden era is the return of beings or gods that will aid in the restoration of the Earth.

In classical Greek mythology the Golden Age was presided over by the leading Titan Cronus. In some version of the myth Astraea, also ruled. She lived with men until the end of the Silver Age, but in the Bronze Age, when men became violent and greedy, fled to the stars, where she appears as the constellation Virgo, holding the scales of Justice, or Libra.

Whether these prophecies are true or not, much of what is spoken about – the era of greed and violence – is a reality throughout much of the world today. Corruption, greed, poverty, consumerism, power to the few, and injustice are predominant characteristics of our civilization accompanied by a great technological advancement that has become a weapon for mass destruction and a tool for supressing resistance. Whether beings from the past will interfere or not, one thing is for sure, life cannot continue in this way forever.

Featured Image: Selection of ‘A Plains Cree warrior and pipe stem carrier’ by Paul Kane of the Fort Pitt region, North Saskatchewan River, Saskatchewan, Canada.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Source of the Cree Legend is Lelanie Fuller Stone, a Cherokee Medicine Woman and Writer, from a story told her by Grandmother as a young girl. Her full recounting of the prophecy as she remembers it can be found here.

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Words By John Black

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  • junker

    Enjoyed the article,

  • Marina

    There’s a mistake in text – in Vedas, Golden Age is called Satya Yuga (Age of Truth) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satya_Yuga

    Kali Yuga is what is called “the age of vice” is the last of the four stages the world goes through.

    Golden Age is Satya Yuga in Vedas an Hindu culture. Please correct the mistake.

    Thank you.

    • UPLIFT

      Corrected. Thanks

    • liz4horses

      These words, and this site are not written by hindus they are written by Native Americans, their words and spellings may mirror some Hindu teachings, but they are not the same………………….the Johovah’s Witnesses also have the age of vice as it might be called, but they call it just the last period of evil doing inspired by a freed devil………When we all learn to live in peace we will not be arguing about how to spell a word………we will instead find the meaning we want and share it in our own culture with our own people, the intent was to say, we ALL have to clean up the world, and ourselves, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically…………..and give world peace and a clean and restored nature to ALL.

  • David Sirmons

    The Baha’i religion is founded on the unity of all people as one family. It’s still a religion, but at least the idea of unity and universal acceptance/love has finally been brought into the often-malign structure of religion.

  • Jens Kristian Andersen

    Thanks a lot for the article! 🙂 check out my musical portrait of Chiron if you like – https://www.facebook.com/jka5tet – that’s also rainbow-warrior-stuff 🙂

  • i agree with you in the last para. especially where you have mentioned tool for suppressing resistance. i am facing the music myself as far as suppressing resistance is concerned.

  • susn brittain

    This is total crap. The rainbow stuff is made up by white dudes…’pretendians’…who are about appropriating native culture while completely disrespecting it and native peoples at the same time.

    • Sarah Allen

      I apologize but you are incorrect. This “rainbow stuff” is very spiritual, in all tribes. There is no disrespect, many could learn a thing or two from tribes. Sharing their stories (many passed through generations) is fantastic! “Total crap” is denying ancient tribes had beliefs! Stay informed, do research, there is much to learn from tribal customs. http://manataka.org/page2.html

      • liz4horses

        First of all, they are NATIONS, tribes is a world the british and other tribes from europe who came here to commit genocide and steal the land and assets use it to diminish people. I do agree that ancient belief has much to teach us…..in the current series on God, with Morgan Freeman, he says monotheology started with the Pharoahs, who wanted themselves to BE the one God, and related themselves to the Sun God…………the background history shows that started five to six thousand years ago. YET, recent carbon dating shows Native Americans to date back, WITH water irrigation systems TEN THOUSAND years………..and guess what, Native Americans had and have a ONE Creator, monotheological system of belief……….ONE Creator……lots of stories, myths, and legends, but ONE Creator. While a rainbow may be majestic, and an awesome sign of our Creator, it IS the white man’s culture that has created some myth of what it means to Native Americans………….When we allow anyone to make a huge number of native NATIONS into idiots who go around wearing bunny hides and praying to the rainbow god……………we diminish their reality and their beliefs into weird fancies of the mind. My Dad’s Great Uncle was the last of our Great Shamen, my sister Eva learned from him, in our own language, and then went on to UCLA where she compared him and other Native Shamen to the mythical wizard of King Arthurs time…………..todays scientists are beginning to realize that much of the quantum science these mythical ancients knew, is and was REAL…………………we have much to learn, we can learn it in a spirit of wisdom, or we can fight and not learn a thing.

    • UPLIFT

      The citations for sources that are all Native American in origin are clearly given in the article.

    • liz4horses

      While I agree that often our culture is injured by what you call “pretendians” I think many are our own people……………those who sell the mystics, and “rainbows” rather than the harsh reality, we as humans need to get it……..and clean up the mess we have made…..Even native nations around the world who claim they have had little contact are shown in documentaries wearing thrift store clothing, rather than their historical clothing, the fine cottons and wools they used to create out of plants and animal shearings……..and yes, all the “pretendians” do disrespect the culture………….but most of us on this earth disrespect the earth and our Creator by not even cleaning up our own homes and lives of things that destroy nature………………I do not think anyone needs to go back to long before european cultures started harming wild animals………..but we do need to restore a balance to nature and have huge wild life areas where nature IS balanced and we do need to make sure that animals and humans are NOT harmed in any production of anything we use………………..it IS hard. But an article yesterday said that GMO production is down because people are NOT buying the stuff……..it has ruined more land than almost any product…….yet the major use of GMO products is jet fuel produced in slave like conditions, both in the fields and in the plants in countries that allow that to happen………………..but most people do not even know or care. China, and other slave nations have the worst air pollution and finally have figured it out and are saying they will stop it and clean up their factories. Will they? Only if we stop buying their products……………we all have a say in ruining and we all can help clean up………just one at a time we can make change…………work FOR respect of cultures and people, and nature and most of all our Creator……………..and we can inspire others.

  • Sarah Allen

    Read more about the importance of the Rainbow! http://manataka.org/page2.html

  • Sarah Allen

    There was an old lady, from the “Cree” tribe, named “Eyes of Fire”, who prophesied that one day, because of the white mans’ or Yo-ne-gis’ 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 mankinds’ 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 of the ancient practices of Unity, Love and Understanding. They would teach of Harmony among people in all four comers of the Earth.

    Like the Ancient Tribes, they would teach the peoples 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 that have maintained their culture and heritage. Those that 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”.

    This version comes from Lelanie Anderson, off her web site. Heer contact information is:

    Email [email protected]

    Web site http://www.angelfire.com/ok/TheCherokeeLady/indextostoriespage.html

    • commenceenavoirmarre

      Thanks for that! BUt your link is full of ‘shit’ pop up… not good.

  • Chris Miller

    Every 3600 years there is a cleansing of sorts, here on earth. The Hopi have a story of the Red and Blue Kachina returning, well they’re back and if you look you will find a big discussion going on about them on line. Those that learn to work together will survive. Ya see there are 2 types of souls on earth Service to Self and Service to Others, You can figure out for yourself where you fall in and those around you, STO will survive. Read up on the Sumarian text, you will find what you want to know there.

  • Elsie

    the “Rod” possibly being God’s teachings

    • davo

      yep how to be a peadophile, a hypocrite a liar and a thief

  • Michael

    Wow! this discussion which began with such peaceful and unified intent so quickly deteriorated into a mud-slinging spit-fight. Seems to me that the spiritual leaders among us would not denigrate what is truth regardless of its source. Truth is truth – no matter where you find it. It calls for great wisdom and Spirit to recognize it – I pray we would all seek the Way of Peace.

    • liz4horses

      As a wise person told me, do not interact with the trolls, they are probably someones mean fifteen year old, they come in every culture, and are just mean spirited. Pray for them and bock them from the sites.

  • Rusti Catherine Malone

    Every single thing you say, is anti semitic.

    • Adam Braun

      Hence why Jews are not White. They’re Semitic.

  • Divine timing. Thank you so much for this outstanding article. #rainbowwarriorsunite

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  • Jeffrey Packer

    .Prophecy is a warning. And we have the power to avoid the coming of the Christ, on bad terms. Would not Heavenly Father be proud of us if we were to determine our future, contrary to what has been warned? Every morning is a chance to make it so that when the rapture does come, it is only to take the minority of evil persons, from the peace-hungry face of the earth? If you need a biblical reference, look to Babel. I feel extraordinarily blessed to have a body, outside of the glory of the kingdom of God. And I am happy here, toiling for my bread, and sweating through my sins. So I more deeply feel that to raze the righteous from the earth, in order to destroy the wicked, should be, and can be, reversed. There is much more good in the world than there is power to destroy it. My prayers are often for things like this…I am Christian by baptism, and have grown to embrace the antediluvian beliefs (50K years ago) as the pinnacle of our escape from enslavement by greater-mortal-beings. And after that epoch was ended, we were left to ourselves, and our tribal ways. I may be wrong about early man having been enslaved by greater semi-mortal beings. But the influence from our (dreamtime -Aboriginal legend) does live today, in many beautiful forms.

    Rome hijacked the gospel of Christ. And Islam was a more pure form of Christianity. And is still a threat to the warlord of the Angel of Light. I speak of the pope. The Quran has one story that I love. Which is of a small boy, who would make little birds of clay, and whisper life into their form…Islam is peace. And grew from the pillars of Christ’s teaching. But like most good things that win the hearts of mankind, was changed to fit the desires of perditious hearts. This applies to most every religion at some time or another.

    I was baptized as a Mormon, at 8 years old. But it took me 30 more years to realize that this religion, is an ancient Native American religion and set of beliefs, passed from hand to worthy hand through the millennia. Much of the greed of men is pivotal upon the destruction of the knowledges of the Golden Age. And we cannot persist or thrive under the auspices of the corrupt and powerful few. Our keepers declare that war is the only method of overcoming those that will not be suppressed. I despair at the prospects we face in electing our next misguided and compromised President. None of our candidates are good enough, to me, to lead us

  • Maria Collins

    How beautiful, Thank you.

  • liz4horses

    As a Native Californian, who was told a few years back that I must be a liar because “everyone” knew that NO ONE lived in California before two hundred years ago when the lovely nature destroyers came here………………..I too have heard prophesies that say we humans are going to get a choice, either clean it up, or perish as a species…………..In one of the prophecies, from three hundred years ago, one that was shared by the Zuni, Hopi and other Shamen at the United Nations in the 1970s……………was that there would be a dragon breathing fire under the pole caps which would melt and the world would be drowned if we did not stop them………and the submarines that were testing nuclear weapons are now said to no longer test under the caps……….for just the reason it was melting the caps……………and some of the submarines even had dragon faces breathing fire painted on them………and the other that a world wide web, shown three hundred and fifty years ago as a giant spider web…..not just in Native American cultures, but in Native African and Native Hindu cultures as well…………..would come and we humans could have free choice, to use it to salvage and restore the earth, to come together and in peace bring a new world order……..OR to use it to finally make Creator and Nature so angry they would allow the human race to destroy itself……..no more humans……….how could those ancient Elders have known one day we would have the WORLDWIDEWEB…….. exactly what those ancient Elders had called their prophecy. If every human just cleaned up after themselves, and picked up ONE item each day, we could begin the clean up and restoration…….It might not be worth making a movie about, and weapons, and hate…….but we can clean up this earth…..and stop buying products that ruin it……………..we can celebrate those who find ways to make all our products stop ruining the earth, or harming people in their production…….but we ALL have to do it together.

  • liz4horses

    As long as you harbor one iota of hate of any kind, we can be sure we will not have peace on earth. Jesus told us, as had others before him, and the Boy Scouts tell us today, it is simple, if EVERYONE did NOTHING bad, like litter, use products made by slaves, or that cause nature harm………………it would be an amazing result in one second if we all made up our minds to change in that second, and then think what if EVERYONE in that same second decided to clean up something, recycle something, take a walk, or figure out group transport that made sense, rather than pollution……….we could figure it all out………..but as the last two thousand years have shown, even Jesus had no real impact on making people want to be better species on this earth, they just want to fight, even about who loves God the most…………..Honor our Creator, and LOVE one another…………..and the animals and the rest of nature………..not a big deal to anyone, but we as humans just refuse to do it.

  • liz4horses

    You make Christians look really bad. And pedophilia in the church is not a myth………….sadly. If you think before you say anything……..would Jesus say this, you might be somewhere on the path of Christianity………but sadly most Christians use Christianity as a way to hate…………….I think Jesus would be sad at most Christians, and as for Creator, how dare we use the spirit of our Creator for anything negative……………

  • Frankie Trice

    Damn… I thought it meant gay people would finally be allowed to redecorate…


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