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Three Dragons Prophecy of Deganawida

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    from The Prophecies of the Native Americans by Robert A. Nelson Deganawida ( He the Thinker ) was a wise prophet of the Iroquois. He lived at the same time as
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 6, 2007
      from The Prophecies of the Native Americans
      by Robert A. Nelson

      Deganawida ("He the Thinker") was a wise prophet of the
      Iroquois. He lived at the same time as the great chief
      Hiawatha, circa 1500. At that time the Iroquois nations
      were at war among themselves. Deganawida was given a vision
      of a gigantic spruce tree which reached up to the sky to
      the Elder Brothers, symbolizing the Family of Humanity.
      Deganawida began to preach a religion of love and harmony,
      thereby bringing unity to the Iroquois nations, a great
      confederacy that lasted more than 300 years. In another
      vision, Deganawida foresaw the destiny of the native
      Americans. That vision was transmitted orally until Edmund
      Wilson published it in his Apologies to the Iroquois:

      "When Deganawida was leaving the Indians in the Bay of
      Quinte in Ontario, he told them that they would face a time
      of great suffering. They would distrust their leaders and
      the principles of peace of the League, and a great white
      serpent (Caucasians) was to come upon the Iroquois. For a
      time, it would intermingle with the Indian people and be
      accepted by the Indians, who would treat the serpent as a
      friend. This serpent would in time become so powerful that
      it would attempt to destroy the Indians; the serpent was
      described as choking the life's blood out of the Indian
      people. Deganawida told the Indians that they would seem to
      be lost, but when things looked their darkest a red serpent
      (China) would come from the north and approach the white
      serpent, which would be terrified; upon seeing the red
      serpent, he would release the Indian, who would fall to the
      ground like a helpless child, and the white serpent would
      turn all its attention to the red serpent. This
      bewilderment would cause the white serpent to accept the
      red serpent momentarily. The white serpent would be stunned
      and take part of the red serpent and accept him. Then there
      is be a heated argument and a fight. Then the Indian
      revives and crawls toward the land of the hilly country
      where he would assemble his people together and they would
      renew their faith and the principles of peace that
      Deganawida had established. There would at the same time
      exist among the Indians a great love and forgiveness for
      his brother, and in this gathering would come streams from
      all over – not only the Iroquois, but from all over – and
      they would gather in the hilly country, and they would
      renew their friendship. Deganawida said they would remain
      neutral in this fight between the white serpent and the red

      "At the time they were watching the two serpents locked in
      this battle, a great message would come to them and make
      them ever so humble, and when they had become that humble,
      they will be waiting for a young leader, an Indian boy,
      possibly in his teens, who would become a choice seer.
      Nobody knows who he is or where he comes from, but he will
      be given great power and would be heard by thousands, and
      he would give them the guidance and the hope to refrain
      from going back to their land and he would become the
      accepted leader. Deganawida said that they will gather in
      the land of the hilly country between the branches of an
      elm tree, and they should burn tobacco and call upon
      Deganawida by name when they are facing their darkest
      hours, and he will return. Deganawida said that as the
      choice seer speaks to the Indians, they will notice to the
      south a black serpent (Africans) coming from the sea. He is
      described as dripping with salt water. And as he stands
      there, he rests for a spell to get his breath, all the time
      watching to the north to the land where the white serpent
      and the red serpent are fighting.

      "Deganawida said that the battle between the white and the
      red serpents would open slowly, then become so violent that
      the mountains would crack and the rivers would boil and the
      fish would turn up their bellies. He said that there would
      be no leaves on the trees in that area. There would be no
      grass, and strange bugs and beetles would crawl from the
      ground and attack both serpents. He said that a great heat
      would cause the stench of death to sicken both serpents.
      And then, as the boy seer is watching this fight, the red
      serpent reaches around the back of the white serpent and
      pulls from him a hair. The hair suddenly turns into a
      woman, a white woman who tells him strange things that he
      knows to be true, but he wants to hear them again. When
      this white woman finished telling these things, he takes
      her and gently places her on a rock with great love and
      respect, and then he becomes infuriated at what he has
      heard, so he makes a beeline for the north, and he enters
      the battle between the red and white serpents with such
      speed and anger that he defeats the two serpents who have
      already become battle-weary.

      "When he finishes, he stands on the chest of the white
      serpent, and he boasts and puts his chest out like he's the
      conqueror, and he looks for another serpent to conquer. He
      looks to the land of the hilly country and then he sees the
      Indian standing there with his arms folded and looking so
      noble that he knows that this Indian is not the one that he
      should fight. The next direction he will face will be
      eastward, and at that time he will be momentarily blinded
      by a light that is many times brighter than the sun. The
      light will be coming from the east to the west over the
      water, and when the black serpent regains his sight, he
      becomes terrified and makes a run for the sea. He dips into
      the sea and swims away in a southerly direction, and shall
      never again be seen by the Indians.

      "The white serpent revives, and he, too, sees this light,
      and he makes a feeble attempt to gather himself and to go
      toward that light. A portion of the white serpent refuses
      to leave, but instead makes its way toward the land of the
      hilly people. The red serpent would revive and he would
      shiver with a great fear when he sees that light. He would
      crawl toward the north and leave a bloody trail, and he
      would never be seen again by the Indians. Deganawida said
      that as this light approaches he would be that light, and
      he would return to his Indian people would be a greater
      nation than they ever were before."

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