"Burnt Eagle Clan" - New Myth #75 by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Media
symbolize characters and events of a myth or the experiences of ancestors or living people. Some of these characters may appear as stylistic representations of objects in nature, while others are more realistically carved .- or they may represent supernatural beings such as the Thunderbird
- The Artifact is a Nature-Human combination; examples include graffiti, a bill board, historic sculpture, and a permaculture garden, with special powers and messages to the neighborhood. (Myth Lab
, W. Paul)
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Burnt Eagle Clan - New Myth #75
A small seed gathering party returns with fruits and seeds from ground cover and bushy plants, using pieces of leather for containers.
3 women lay-out the seeds in a circle to dry them in the Sun.
An elder selects certain seeds for storage, a dry underground chamber that the group dug near the forest edge.
First Mother has lugged water in carved-out wooden bowls at the banks of their glacier-fed creek since 3 Men came into the area and joined the group.
The hunters and gatherers have four camps in the region that they visit depending on the time of year and health of each ecosystem. They use pebbles to make simple pictures and trail markers.
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A Boy finds a strange object on the river shore many steps from base camp and uses the log over creek to bring it back to camp.
It was burnt and jagged-edged. Is it a map; a signal? Who did this carving? Is that "Curved Beak"?
The carved and burnt object resonates within the group as spirit animals connected.
She sees the Bird from High Above in the carving with one broken wing.
The group dances around the object, shouting skyward in a prayer song to a higher power.
The feather and fire dance comes later that night, a clan gratitude ring of calls and whirling dust.
The strange object from the river becomes a community compass, placed in the crotch of an old redwood tree, then burned at the next fire circle with the charcoaled faces of the group's children.
The moment the Girl dragged the object out of the water, a type of magic or shift was activated. One by one, the group was forever changed a little more thru wonder and fear - tested in their ground-felt purpose.
Can we call them the Burnt Eagle Clan now?