(d. 1993) was founder of the Bear tribe in Washington State. In
his book Black Dawn/Bright Day (written with Wabun Wind), Sun Bear gave warning
of Earth Changes. According to Sun Bear, old Ojibwa pictographs, written
on birch bark scrolls, tell this prophesy:
"(Our great ancestors) saw the coming of the Europeans to this continent.
They saw the kinds of hats they would be wearing. They saw how they would
look and the kind of canoes they would have. They were told that if these
people came in a sacred manner and accepted the knowledge that was given
them by the people of this continent, then it would be a beautiful thing.
We would walk as brothers and sisters on the land.
"It soon became obvious that the Europeans didn't respect the sacred teachings
of the land. Our prophesies said that if this happened, there would come
a time when we would lie in the dust for 100 years or more as if we were
dead. Even our own people wouldn't respect our teachings, and both Native
and non-Native people would fail to understand them. Some Natives would turn
from the teachings and be lured away saying, 'This is a better teaching.'
"Our prophesies also said that at the end of that 100 years, we would be
walking on our hind legs again. We would be alive as if we were Earth spirits
just reborn. We would stand up and have our power again. We would be able
to call in the forces - the thunder and the lightning and the storms - and
communicate with these powers all the time because this is part of our ancient
knowledge. We would have these abilities again, and we would return to the
"At that time, our sons and daughters would again come to us and ask to be
taught the sacred ways. And the sons and daughters of the people who had
come across the great Water would come to us too. They would say, 'teach
us, for we are about to destroy the Earth.' This is the stage we are at right
"Another prophesy of my Native people speaks of a time when the Earth would
hold back her increase: one area would be too wet; another too dry. One place
would be too hot; another, too cold. This is what we are experiencing now...
Another part of the prophesy states that the rivers will change their courses."
Sun Bear also described one of his Dreams of Destruction:
"Over a period of time I have had many, many dreams that showed the coming
of the Earth changes... One reason that I organized the Bear Tribe as a
rural-base community was because I saw in my dreams major destruction coming
to the cities.
"I saw a time when the cities wouldn't exist in their present state. During
the changes the most dangerous places will be near cities with nuclear and
chemical plants. But all major cities will experience a breakdown in services.
In my dreams, I've seen great garbage piles on the streets, the electric
service out of order because of storms and earthquakes, broken water mains,
and no more gasoline because of a major breakdown of the system.
"I also foresee race riots in the big cities, with street gangs engaged in
uncontrolled fighting against each other, using guns to get what they want.
When there is no money to pay their salaries, the police will not be there
to protect the people in the city. Instead, in one of my dreams, I saw the
police banded together in groups calling themselves the 'Brothers of the
Gun.' They were using their guns to take whatever they wanted. This is already
happening in other parts of the world...
"I see the cities being hit by major epidemics caused by bad water, toxic
chemicals, or other things...
"In my dreams, I've also seen wheat crops that had rusted. They had candy-like
clumps of rust, a serious disease that was destroying the crops. There were
great black birds, like crows or vultures, just waiting. With nothing left
to eat, these birds were scavenging bodies as humans died... In my dreams
I see diseases like this continuing to cause great destruction...
"In my dreams I've also seen small bands of people living very close to the
Earth. I saw that other people would come to join them, and they would embrace
these newcomers. All they said to them was, 'You have survived.' There were
no more 'isms' in the world - not Catholicism, not Communism, nothing. We
were all just human beings living on the Earth in a sacred manner...
"I see about one-fourth of the world's population surviving. All those who
do survive will come through with a higher level of consciousness..."
I saw people living together in groups sharing and helping each other, Indian
and non-Indian alike. I saw the Earth Mother being healed as people began
to show real love for the land. But first I saw whole cities become desolate
because there was no way left for people to support themselves. I wondered
at this when this nation seemed to be all-powerful. Then I saw the vision
of the great drought years, a time when the Earth Mother would withhold all
"I saw camps of people around natural water, such as rivers, creeks, and
springs, working hard to produce their food, but thankful to be alive, for
only here and there were small bands of people alive, and they were thankful
to the Great Spirit that they were. When people came together they embraced
with love, even those who were strangers before that moment, because they
"There were only a few people surviving these changes. I've seen major
destruction, and people fleeing great cities, and other people dying from
pollution, and cities abandoned, and I wondered how, until these last few
years when I see California and other places which no longer have the water,
electricity, or natural gases to care for their cities.
"Then I understood what I saw before. We were told that our people would
lay as if dead in the dust, and then we would rise up on the land again.
We were told that the sons and daughters of the possessors of our land would
come to us and accept our ways, and that we would live together as one people
sharing the land and sowing love and understanding for each other."
Source: Sun Bear & Wabun Wind: Black Dawn/Bright Day; 1990, Bear Tribe
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