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  A Northwest Tale
by Mr. Ed
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
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- The Third Poem in my Native American Series -


 


 


 


“In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the
animals, for The One Above did not speak directly to man. He sent
certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beast,


and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and the moon should man learn.”


 


Eagle Chief, Pawnee


 


 


A long, long time ago


In the land of the people called the Quileute


Pounding rain and hail and sleet and snow came


And the cruel frigid Arctic winds blew and blew


 


Gigantic hailstones were so powerful


That many Quileute people were killed


The survivors were now starving and weak


To go on living many had now lost their will


 


These new fierce never ending coastal storms


Had beaten down and destroyed all of their crops


None of the Quileute men could fish the coastal rivers


Thick impenetrable ice the waters had now clogged


 


Fishing in the ocean was also now impossible


The waves were now pounding and relentless


The young children began dying of starvation


The Quileute’s new hell seemed to be endless


 


At last the Chief of the Quileute people


Cried out to the Great Spirit one day


“Please help my people to survive,


Please send us a sign, I now fervently pray.”


 


“And if it is not Your will that we live,


All of our people will perish this day,


Our future is now up to You, Great Spirit,


Please let us know what you have to say.”


 


Suddenly there came a very frightening booming noise


And gigantic flashes of white lightning filled the night sky


The Quileute people fearfully looked to the heavens


And saw a gigantic feathered creature soaring high


 


This bird was enormous with red burning eyes


Its wings looked like some sort of feathered sail


And in its two massive razor sharp claws


It held the body of a gigantic black whale


 


Suddenly this Thunderbird sent from the Great Spirit


Deposited this huge whale on the sand near the raging sea


Then it quickly and silently lifted off again and took flight


The people had been saved – their hearts now filled with glee


 


Thunderbird and Whale had truly saved the Quileute from death


And they have never forgotten this great gift sent from the Creator


Today they still reverently construct gigantic wooden Thunderbird Totems


To remind future generations of their native children who will be born later


 


©2005, Ed Kostro


 


 


The Quileute tribe's ancestry reaches all the way back to the Ice Age, which would make them the most ancient inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest. Their dialect is part of the Chimakuan language family tree.


 


These ancient native coast dwellers raised crops, hunted, and fished; and they skillfully built cedar canoes that ranged in capacity from two-man crafts to vessels capable of carrying 6,000 pounds of weight.


 


Extended families of Quileutes resided in long winter houses at the mouths of streams. During the summer, they often disbanded into smaller units, some heading upriver to summer hunting camps.


 


Quileutes relied upon, and were answerable to, many supernatural powers. Their youngsters searched for personal spiritual guardians on individual ‘spirit quests.’ The First-Salmon ceremony of each new fishing season was diligently held to ensure the salmon spirit's good will, and other similar rituals addressed many other supernatural powers.


 


The Quileute people remained isolated from outside contact until American ship captain Robert Gray arrived on the northwest Pacific coast in May 1792 and soon took up trading with them. There also are numerous accounts of shipwrecked Spanish explorers who lived with them.


 


Every time that I’ve visited our scenic northwest coast, I’ve always thorough enjoyed searching for these truly fascinating Thunderbird Totems – you never know where you might spot one.


 


And many believe that this ancient benevolent Thunderbird sent by the Great Spirit so long ago still lives on today – in a deep dark cave in Washington State’s Olympic Mountains, patiently biding his time – until he is needed once again.


 

 


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Reviewed by Tracey O' 7/10/2005
This is Very inspiring and such a fascinating tale. So many things are so amazing this one really is very inspiring. Yes the Thunderbird I'm sure does still live.
Thank you Ed xoox42
Spacey
Reviewed by Londis Carpenter 6/15/2005
Ed I hope you keep writing these and I will keep reading them . Awsom stuff
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 6/15/2005
A beautifully told tale; more than just Native American lore! So much we can learn from these.
I hope you never run out of the stories...to poetize and pass on to us, ED!

Micke
Reviewed by Peter Paton 6/15/2005
A write of exceptional ability and graphic Ed
As ever your love for the world shines like a beacon
Peter
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 6/14/2005
Another marvelous piece of history you have written here...

Peace, Carole
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 6/14/2005
Enjoyed this completely. Glad I could drop in a read for a little bit tonight! :-)
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/14/2005
well done, graphic too
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/14/2005
Like your book, Cemetery Island, I could read this over and over again, and with the wave sounds it made this read even more enticing...Ed & rufuz
Reviewed by jude forese 6/14/2005
the spirit of this poem is close to my heart ... you express such spirit flawlessly ... no doubt, the great spirit resides in this exceptional poem ...
Reviewed by Lori Moore 6/14/2005
Very nice. Perhaps, one of your best.
Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/14/2005
Houses of the Quileutes have been dicovered buried in mud after slides and heavy rains. Thank you from this Pacific Northwester, Ed! This is a beautiful write...
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 6/14/2005
One of your exceptional pieces, Eddie!
Sorry I haven't been in the Den for awhile.
I am still pretty 'down' from grief.
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 6/14/2005
Interesting that this poem has nature causing trouble for humans, Little Eddie... an observation I needed to make. (smile)

I'll tell you the truth, I was entirely rapt, went slow, didn't want to reach the end. It was exciting, sad, passionate, suspenseful, all written with the loving and respectful pen of the poet.

The visuals were mind-bending. You are, without any doubt, a masterful storyteller. The history is embedded now and once again I have both enjoyed and learned. You do this soooooo well, my friend. katy xox
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/14/2005
Ed the graphics and music you are choosing for your last few works are outstanding the way they merge with the poems. You are so gifted! Thank you for sharing yet another beauty from your series and book, We are truly fortunate to have you here!

Eileen
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 6/14/2005

This composition bears a mellifluous voice of a kind wise
teacher. It is honoring one of the Aborigene Nations
within the Jurisdiction of USA. "A Northwest Tale"
is a page of history adding value to Poetry.

"A Northwest Tale" will witness our times through the millennia.

Long Health Life, Poet!


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Mark Rockeymoore 6/14/2005
so that's the origin of the term, thunderbird as it pertains to the american context? an informative piece of work, very descriptive, it reads like a classic already! and thank you for the post-commentary!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/14/2005
Ed,

It is always fascinating to read your well researched, well written stories of the Native American cultures; one is entertained and educated at the same time. Thank you, Poet and friend--excellent legend of the Thunderbird! :)

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/14/2005
Ed,

You are brilliant; your knowledge never ceases to amaze me. Splendid story/poem; very well done! Bravo!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :0 (That's how I look when I read your insightful and well-researched works of art! LOL)
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/14/2005
We have series on tv about the indiginous American's.

I have a Thunderbird Totem pole on me all the time.

Spanish explorers? The ones with the gunpowder, and greed for gold, who wrecked killing off ancient civilisations.

He sure must be old buddy boy, and bored as hell.
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/14/2005
I hope he is never needed. Thanks for another splendid story.
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/14/2005
These are great, Ed... I hope you will keep them coming. And it seems to me that it won't be too long before our benevolent friend will be called upon to perform another amazing feat from his hiding place in the Olympic Mountains... his patience will be rewarded and once again, Thunderbirds will be Go, go, go!! Over and out. Lady Penelope. xx PS Better get the Bentley ready, Parker... TY xx

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