Canku Ota Logo
Canku Ota
Canku Ota Logo
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
pictograph divider
The Native American's Legend of Crystals

In ancient times, people lived in harmony with Nature.
They spoke the same language as the animals and plants.
They hunted for food only to satisfy their hunger and needs,
always offering prayer of thanks for what
they had taken from Nature.

As time went on, humans lost this innocence and harmony.
They took more then they needed.
They forgot their prayers of gratitude.
They killed animals, and each other, for sport and pleasure.

The Bear Tribe, Chief among the animals, called a meeting
of all the animals. They decided that something had to be done.
The bears suggested that they shoot back when humans shot at them,
but the bow and arrow required too great a sacrifice,
for one bear would have to give up his life so that his
sinew could be used for the bowstring.
The bear’s claws were too long for shooting a bow anyway,
and would become entangled on the string.
The deer tribe offered another method of dealing with the problem.
one of their members said,” “We will bring disease into the world.
each of us will be responsible for a different illness.
When humans live out of balance with nature, when they forget
to give thanks for their food, they will get sick.”
and in fact the deer did involve rheumatism and arthritis;
each animal then decided to invoke a different disease.
The Plant Tribe was more sympathetic and felt that this was
too harsh a punishment, so they volunteered their help.
They said that for every disease a human gets, one of them
would be present to cure it. That way, if people used their intelligence
they would be able to cure their ailments and regain their balance.
All of nature agreed to this strategy, One plant in particular spoke out.
This was Tobacco, the chief of the plants. He said,
“I will be the sacred herb. I will not cure any specific disease,
but I will help people return to the scared way of life,
provided I am smoked or offered with prayers and ceremony.
But if I am misused, if I am merely smoked for pleasure,
I will cause cancer, the worst disease of all.”
The close friends of the Plant Tribe, the Rock Tribe
and the Mineral Tribe, agreed to help.
Each mineral would have a spiritual power,
a subtle vibration that could be used to regain perfect health.
The Ruby, worn as an amulet, would heal the heart;
the emerald would heal the liver and eyes, and so on.
The chief of the mineral tribe, Quartz Crystal, was clear,
like the light of creation itself. Quartz put his arms around his
brother Tobacco and said, “I will be the scared mineral.
I will heal the mind. I will help human beings see the origin of disease.
I will help to bring wisdom and clarity in dreams.
And I will record their spiritual history, including our meeting today,
so that in the future, if humans gaze into me, they may see their
origin and the way of harmony.” And so it is today.
This is a Cherokee legend, but it has been told in almost every tribe
in the Americas. It tells of an ancient time of peace,
a mythical homeland known to every culture on Earth.
The Native Americans call it the “Old Way”
Or the Original Way.”
pictograph divider
Home PageFront PageArchivesOur AwardsAbout Us
Kid's PageColoring BookCool LinksGuest BookEmail Us
pictograph divider
  Canku Ota is a free Newsletter celebrating Native America, its traditions and accomplishments . We do not provide subscriber or visitor names to anyone. Some articles presented in Canku Ota may contain copyright material. We have received appropriate permissions for republishing any articles. Material appearing here is distributed without profit or monetary gain to those who have expressed an interest. This is in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.  
Canku Ota is a copyright © 2000 - 2017 of Vicki Williams Barry and Paul Barry.
Canku Ota Logo   Canku Ota Logo
The "Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America" web site and its design is the
Copyright © 1999 - 2017 of Paul C. Barry.
All Rights Reserved.

Site Meter
Thank You

Valid HTML 4.01!