Let’s begin this in a good way with a prayer asking for the Creator, Ancestors, and The Four Winds to come and help us.
Tunkasila Wankatanka Tunkasila
I am writing this because my name Morning Star was called to come to Idle No More in Madison about the Bad River mining. I was not sure what my purpose was since I am not filled with lots of scientific data on subject. But I know this…I know how to pray. And if my mere presence, prayers, and light is needed I will do my best to answer this call.
Recently, I have learned about the Four Crow Prophecy of the Lenape from Chief Robert Red Hawk Ruth of the Pennsylvannia Lenape Nation.which is family to my tribe the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohicans Nation. What I have come to see that is most important of this prophecy is that We the indigenous people of Turtle Island are the CARETAKERS of Mother Earth. It is our Creator granted responsibility which is a sacred trust and the treaties that outline this must be protected. We stand up because Creator called us. We must heed this call.
Neweneit Na Ahas
The Prophecy of the Fourth Crow
As told by Robert Red Hawk Ruth
Translated by Shelley DePaul
Lomewe, luwe na okwes xu laxakwihele xkwithakamika.
Long ago it was said that a fox will be loosened on the earth.
Ok nen luwe newa ahasak xu peyok.
Also it was said four crows will come.
Netami ahas kenthu li guttitehewagan wichi Kishelemukonk.
The first crow flew the way of harmony with Creator.
Nisheneit ahas kwechi pilito entalelemukonk, shek palsu ok ankela.
The second crow tried to clean the world, but he became sick and he died.
Nexeneit ahas weneyoo ankelek xansa ok koshiphuwe.
The third crow saw his dead brother and he hid.
Neweneit ahas kenthu li guttitehewagan lapi wichi Kishelemukonk.
The fourth crow flew the way of harmony again with Creator.
Kenahkihechik xu withatuwak xkwithakamika.
Caretakers they will live together on the earth
We have chosen to tell the story of the Lenape in Pennsylvania through “The Prophecy of the Fourth Crow,” an ancient story passed down among the Lenape for generations. This story relates the ways in which Lenape people have struggled to survive and to keep their community and culture intact. Chief Red Hawk summarizes the current interpretation of the Prophecy in the following way:
“We now know that the First Crow was the Lenape before the coming of the Europeans. The Second Crow symbolized the death and destruction of our culture. The Third Crow was our people going underground and hiding. The Fourth Crow was the Lenape becoming caretakers again and working with everybody to restore this land.”
Wenona Morning Star Gardner