Tribe of the Eagle knew that they must always remain in obscurity,
hidden from everyone, especially the hated white man. However,
occasionally the tribe would send out small forays for provisions.
They were becoming masters of stealth and camouflage. They would
always eliminate people that they came in contact with, but as
time passed, some white women were brought back to become servants
to the tribe and some odd looking, yellow skinned men with narrow,
slanted looking eyes were brought back alive, as they certainly
were not white men. The yellow skinned men were from far away
countries including China and Korea. They also harbored a great
dislike for the white man, as they had been used and abused as
laborers. The white man had been cruel and hateful toward them
and their families.
interesting revelation was introduced to the tribe by the Asians.
That was the introduction of the martial arts, which fascinated
and amazed the Native American people. One day, one of the Korean's,
who was called Kim was seen doing some martial arts form training
during the very first light of day as Raven Spirit happened to be
walking by. The Native American leader asked Kim to show them all
what he had been doing, and being a bit of a showman, Kim expanded
his demonstration by asking one of the tribe's warriors, through
his actions and arm motions to shoot an arrow at him.
first, the warrior refused, thinking the man to be insane. But,
through Kim's charm and humor, he was able to coax the warrior to
actually shoot an arrow directly at him. The whole tribe gasped
in awe when Kim deflected the arrow in flight with his right hand.
Just before the arrow was going to strike him in the heart, Kim
swiftly moved his hand to parry the arrow and knock it harmlessly
to the ground. Kim encouraged the amazed warrior to shoot again,
and this time, the warrior felt challenged and was determined not
to miss again. He shot the arrow perfectly, but this time, Kim actually
CAUGHT the arrow in mid flight in his swift right hand.
Native Americans were astounded. At this point, Half Moon determined
that the Asians were sent by the Redman to help them with their
mission. From that day forward, the bond between the Asians and
the Native Americans was very strong. Starting with that day, a
portion of every single day became dedicated to the practice of
martial arts training.
time went by and the Native Americans began to excel at the martial
arts, a few Native Americans began to create new variations, based
on animal movements that they were familiar with. The Asians were
impressed and an interesting blend of their Korean, Chinese and
Native American movements became the standard for everyone.
Asians and the Native Americans got along together well. Initially,
verbal communication was impossible. However, ultimately, each learned
the others language. There was no inter-racial marriage type of
relationships, except for the marriage of white women occasionally
to Native Americans. The Asians became a tremendous asset to the
tribe as their work ethic was remarkable.
some instances, the Asians had actually saved the lives of various
members of the tribe. Many will never fully understand the capabilities
of a true martial arts master. Even though the Native Americans
recognized the incredible skills that the martial artists possessed,
it wasn't until a truly significant event occurred that their level
of understanding was taken to the appropriate level.
day in early summer of the fourth year of the Tribe of the Eagle,
Raven Spirit's wife "Song of Waters", was in a field near
a stream foraging for food. She inadvertently disturbed a mother
grizzly bear with three cubs. The mother bear became enraged that
Song of Waters had strayed too close to her cubs. The mother grizzly
let a blood-curdling roar that Kim heard from his position not too
knew that Song of Waters was very near the sound as he and she had
seen each other minutes earlier and had exchanged greetings. Kim
immediately realized the danger and ran as fast as he could to the
sound. As he came out of the woods, he saw the mother grizzly preparing
to charge Song of Waters, who had become frozen in fear.
let a blood-curdling cry that momentarily diverted the huge bears
attention. Kim immediately ran to Song of Waters to try to rescue
her. The agitated bear attacked. Kim quickly moved into a position
between the bear and Song of Waters and assumed a defensive stance.
The huge bear stood up on her hind legs and Kim immediately and
swiftly moved toward her. With lightning like speed, he struck the
huge bears chest.
hand broke her ribs at first contact and she let out an awful roar.
In a second move as quick as the first, Kim drew his fist back and
struck again, letting out a loud yell at the same time. Song of
Waters could not believe her eyes. As Kim drew his fist back the
second time, he held the great bears heart in his hand!
bear fell to the ground completely lifeless. Song of Waters did
not know what to think. She immediately ran back to the tribe in
a state of shock. As she approached Raven Spirit, her eyes burst
into tears and she passed out of consciousness. Raven Spirit immediately
sent three warriors to see what had happened. As they approached
the field, they saw Kim kneeling down next to the great bear with
his back toward them. He appeared to be praying.
they approached, Kim stood up and slowly turned his head toward
them. As Kim slowly turned towards them, the warriors saw the blood
all over Kim's right arm and the front of his shirt. As they got
closer, they saw the bears heart laying on the ground in front
of Kim in a puddle of blood. They were uneasy and did not know how
was not in his normal happy mood. He seemed very serious. Slowly,
they approached, and Kim began to explain with gestures and crude
sign language what had occurred. The four returned to camp, where
Song of Waters was in a deep state of shock and unable to speak.
As she lay on the ground, her eyes looked straight up at the sky
in a blank stare.
Spirit asked Kim what had happened, and Kim again tried to explain.
Raven Spirit immediately signaled that he wanted to be taken to
the field where the attack had occurred. The three warriors and
Kim took him there. Raven Spirit could not believe his eyes. The
huge bear was dead, and its heart lay on the ground in a puddle
this point, the three grizzly cubs began bawling from their hidden
position just inside the woods. The tribe decided to adopt the cubs
and the meat of the dead mother would serve as food, while her fur
and bones would serve as important materials for the tribe. Nothing
of the mother bear would be wasted.
Spirit made a special necklace for Kim out of the great bears
claws. It was his token of appreciation for Kim's efforts to save
Song of Waters from the huge bear. The grizzly bear cubs became
an interesting part of the tribe. They were young enough that they
craved attention and the men, women and children of the Tribe of
the Eagle were all happy to accommodate the young bears.
spiritual leaders had mixed emotions about keeping the baby bears,
but ultimately agreed since they did bring joy to the group, and
after all of the hardships that been endured already, a little positive
action seemed to be favorable. The tribe named the bears. One of
the bears, which seemed to be much louder than the other two was
named "a-ha-le:-n(i)(a)", which means "loudmouth"
in Cherokee. Another bear, who would eat anything was called "su-li",
which means "Buzzard" in Cherokee. The other baby bear,
which was a female was called "a-da-we'-hi", which in
Cherokee means "angel", because she was so sweet and loving.
Native Americans did not know exactly how to feel about what had
happened with Kim and the mother bear. Song of Waters never returned
to a normal state of existence. The rest of her life she remained
silent and listless. The blank-stare never left her beautiful face.
The experience had been too much for her. Raven Spirit nonetheless
took great care of her.
meanwhile had become a true legend to the tribe. His bravery and
power were almost incomprehensible. Half Moon decreed that Kim was
a visitor from the spirit world, sent to help the tribe with their
important mission, and the tribe revered him from that day forward.
End Part 4 To Be Continued
2003 Geoff Hampton
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