"Rolling Thunder Lives"
John Rolling Thunder Pope is one of the most well
known intertribal Medicine Men of the modern era.
He was founder of Meta Tantay near Carlin, Nevada.
He walked west in January of 1997, but he is still present and in contact
with some of his old friends, helping direct the gathering of the Thunder
People for the troubled times ahead.
Rolling Thunder said, "People should treat their own bodies with respect.
Itís the same thing with the earth. Too many people donít know that when
they harm the earth they harm themselves, nor do they realize that when they
harm themselves they harm the earth.
Because our government interfered with American Indians speaking their own
language and practicing their own religion up until just about 25 years ago,
very few of us non-native Americans had any clear idea what their beliefs
were. But now at last very strange and provocative information is leaking
out to the general public, or at least to that segment of the general public
that is trying to keep up on this subject.
Some native American tribes believe they originally came to earth from another
star and some believe they are descended from the ancient beings of Atlantis.
At first I was suspicious of such information because it was written about
in half-baked-type New Age books. But then as I read books by actual Native
American authors such as Rolling Thunder, I saw this information confirmed.
Here is an example from his book Rolling Thunder Speaks:
"Some people ask me about where the Cherokee tribe came from. Some originated
on this land, others from Atlantis, and before that we came from the Pleiades
seven stars system. The seven-pointed star I wear represents the star we
came from, and is the emblem of the Cherokee nation. Machines without wings
brought our ancestors to Atlantis over ten thousand years ago. Even now some
of our medicine men and psychics have very close contact with space beings
from other worlds. Ancient people could out-think modern man by ten to one.
They had greater technology than anything we have today in this society."
"We say there is a right time and place for everything. It's easy to say,
but hard to understand. You have to live it to understand it."--Rolling Thunder,
"A lot of my hopes are based on a very fundamental symbol in traditional
Indian belief: the circle. This figure, with its ultimate simplicity, was
revered in many aboriginal religions--including ours--and its long been used
as a symbol of the continuity of the Indian nation. Most "primitive" peoples
have dances that follow circles, and many of our important ceremonies and
rituals are held in a circle formation. In fact, the circle is found everywhere
in the natural world ... the earth itself is round... The continuity of that
giant ring of life teaches us that the spirit of cooperation can start with
us and loop around to include all living beings ... we have no right to dirty
up the planet with our trash. Therefore, the cleansing of the earth, as you
can see, starts with the cleansing of our minds. We'll have to clean up our
own spirits before we can start cleaning up this land."
-- From Cherokee healer Rolling Thunder, 1981
The legacy continues with NANISH SHONTIE...
this book from Amazon.com
Rolling Thunder; A Personal Exploration into the Secret Healing Powers
of an American Indian Medicine Man
by Doug Boyd
Rolling Thunder was "about" history, culture, the earth, sky, trees, sacred
herbs, vibrations, spirits, contemporary politics - and was about these things
passionately. John Rolling Thunder Pope, of Cherokee descent, who now
"walks the wind" was/is an American Indian medicine man - spiritual leader,
philosopher, and acknowledged spokesman for the Shoshone tribe. He was a
close associate of Wallace "Mad Bear" Anderson (see below), another legendary
medicine man,and founder of the modern Native American Unity Movement..
this book from Amazon.com
Thunder Speaks : A Message for Turtle Island
Mad Bear : spirit, healing, and the sacred in the life of Native American
|Mad Bear was a member of the Bear Clan of the Tuscarora Nation of the
Six-Nation Iroquois Confederacy of the United States and Canada. A Native
American rights-activist, he was also a medicine man and a leader with great
power and influence both among his own people and cross culturally. In this
personal and captivating narrative, Doug Boyd recreates Mad Bear's tales
of magic, his healing powers, and Native American legends. Mad Bear creates
a rich and colorful portrait of the fascinating life of this vibrant, spiritual