"When wise men made their way to council here, a great White Eagle came to guard and to guide them. This was the place of the White Eagle. All nations, East and West, revered this bird and knew him for a sign."

"Lo" said the Oneida, "The White Eagle comes to us in council and lends us the strength of his wings and talons, oh brother Iroquois."

"See how he wheels and soars," said the Seneca. "The White Eagle is the most alert and resourceful of all created things. Let us be like him oh brothers!"

"His keen eye pierces the heavens," said the Cayugas. "He looks beyond the hills, for nothing escapes him. May our vision be as true and as far, oh brothers."

"Look to his boldness," said the Mohawk. "He soars above the clouds and bids us follow him. Let us be as resolute as the eagle-king and soar to heights unknown."

"Let him be a mark to us," said Hiawatha, the Onondaga. "Let all men know this: where the White Eagle spreads his wings, there will be wise and fruitful leadership, there will the crafts and skills of man be used for the good of all."

"Brothers, these were the words of the Iroquois Chiefs who gathered here to forge the chain of brotherhood in days before this Lake was born. Now hear this message sent to you from Powers beyond the clouds; this mark remains on all who meet in council here."

"Where the white eagle spreads his wings, there will be wise and fruitful leadership; there will be crafts and skills of man be used for the good of all!"


(Iroquois legend)


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I loved this !  Such wisdom! Thanks for shring !


It seems to me that Black Elk was much like a metaphorical White Eagle among us.


  • Grown men may learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure, and, therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss." (Black Elk)


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