Blackfoot Legend– A Cosmic Journey.
The hero of the story is Scar Face, and it’s about the journey of ourselves, and overcoming obstacles, and interacting with Nature.. “Face” is the character of our true selves. It tells of the Journey to “that place” where Spiritual gifts and knowledge can be obtained, and how one must learn to look for those signs in this beautiful Universe that we live
Scar face was born with a birth mark upon his face, and was brought up by his grandmother, as shortly after his birth his Mum and Dad died. He was constantly ridiculed because he was different and was bullied and taunted by other children and whispered about within his tribe.
So as he grew older he withdrew into his shell and spent much time on his own, befriending the animals of the Forrest. And in so doing he learnt their ways and how to relate to them and speak their language. He understood that all of nature was related.
And as Scar Face grew older, he had great respect for all life, and treated it with reverence. And as all young boys do he fell in love. Her name was Singing Rain, she was the chief’s daughter.
Singing Rain was also a very special person, and her gift was that of insight, and although she had many admirers, it was Scar Face whom she respected because of his Good heart. .
One Day Scar Face asked Singing Rain for her hand in Marriage, but she had to tell Scar Face, that she had long since made a pledge in a sacred vow to the Sun to never marry. The only way that she could marry was if the Sun was to release her from her vow.
Upon hearing this, Scar Face was determined that he wanted nothing more than to marry Singing Rain, and so embarked upon a journey to the place where the Sun dwells, so that he could ask that Singing Rain be released from her pledge.
And so it is said, that Scar Face began his Journey to the Star People.
He didn’t know where the Star People lived, only that they lived in the direction the Sun set each evening, which was beyond the Great Waters of the West.
Scar Face’s Grandmother helped him prepare for his journey to the land of Spirit. Soon the familiar land he travelled, led him to lands he and his tribe had never set foot in before.
The snows began to fall, and many paths became open to him, and he got confused as to which one he should go..
He met a Wolf on one path, and with great humility he asked the wolf for help.. The wolf seeing the Goodness within Scar Face’s heart spoke and guided him to the right path. He journeyed a great distance until he met another series of paths, and once more he became confused.
He stopped and set up camp, and prayed.. it wasn’t long before a Bear and her cubs appeared on his path, and again he asked in great humility for guidance. The bear spoke back with kindness, and showed him the correct path. He followed this path for many days, until the path ended. Now there was only a vast Forrest in front of him.
And as he stood and wondered in which direction he should go, Two Snowy Owls landed on a pine tree in front of him. And so again he asked for direction. The Owls knew Scar Face’s heart and of his quest, and they too responded with great kindness, They flew and guided him through the Forrest until he reached the Great Water.. This was a long journey, and he arrived exhausted and set up camp. He thanked the Owls as he had thanked each of the animals that had helped him offering them a song and a gift of tobacco. In the distance he could see the twinkling lights, and knew that these were the Star People.
He didn’t know how to get across the Great Water, and find that place his people talked about, but his was determined to find a way. He prayed and fasted for three nights and on the fourth day a path of sunlight appeared in front of him leading him towards “that place”. The path led him higher and higher until it led him into the Sky. When at last he reached the end of the sunlight path, he came to another beautiful Forrest and another path of great width, as if this path had been made by a thousand people’s feet travelling upon it for a long time.
Scar Face walked upon this path and he noticed a richly decorated quiver of arrows lent upon a tree. He wondered who these arrows could belong to, and waited to see… after a while coming from the other direction appeared a warrior who was extraordinarily dressed in a richly decorated buckskin. As the warrior approached, Scar Face could see this warrior was the image of perfection. The warrior asked Scar Face had he seen his quiver and arrows, and Scar face showed him where they were. Grateful the warrior introduced himself and said.. “ I am Morning Star” and asked Scar Face his name.. Scar Face told him his name and that he was seeking to find the lodge of the Sun.. “Come with me”, said Morning Star, “For the Sun is my Father, and Moon is my Mother”.
Scar Face soon arrived at the lodge of the Sun, and he saw that the walls were painted with the History of all the people of the world. Morning Star introduced him to his mother the Moon, and his father then entered and with him entered a great light also. .
Scar Face was so impressed with the Sun, Moon, and Morning Star and the land of Star people that he felt he couldn’t bring himself to speak of the reasons he’d travelled to this land. Over the coming days Morning Star showed him many paths in their beautiful land. But there was one path that the Sun had warned Morning Star and Scar Face never to go near, this was in the distant mountains. At the top of this mountain lived a flock of seven huge birds which the Star People feared.
One morning Scar Face awoke to find his new friend Morning Star gone, So he quietly left the Sun’s Lodge and took himself off for a walk pondering how he might ask the Sun to release Singing Rain from her pledge.. He thought maybe he should ask Morning Star for advice. But as he walked he felt something wasn’t right, and the more he walked the more he felt something was wrong, and he realised that his walk had led him nearer the mountain where the giant birds lived, and he knew somehow that Morning Star had gone to the forbidden mountain.
Scar Face knew he must find Morning Star and so climbed to the top of the mountain where he found Morning Star in battle with the giant birds. The birds were fierce and were ready to overcome Morning Star when Scar Face joined the battle, where he soon helped to turn the battle around and one by one the seven birds were killed. They took their tail feathers in token of their accomplishments and returned back down the mountain to the Sun Lodge to inform Sun and Moon of the defeat of the most feared enemies of the Star people.
Sun and Moon were impressed and greatful for the courage shown by Morning Star and Scar Face. And in return the Sun offered Scar Face any desire and he would try to fulfil it.. And still Scar Face couldn’t bring himself to speak of his greatest desire.. But Moon had seen into Scar Face’s heart and so she told Sun of his desire to marry Singing Rain and of her vow to the Sun.. Immediately Sun touched the face of Scar face, saying that he released Singing Rain from her vow, and the Scar that Scar Face had borne all his life disappeared. .. Morning Star also gave him some special personal gifts revealing also that he was his “ Spirit” Father.. confirming a feeling that Scar Face had long thought.
Then Sun and Moon began singing songs in praise of Morning Star and Scar Face, they gave him many gifts, including rich clothes and a special shirt. And renamed him “ Mistaken Morning Scar”, because now without his scar he looked just like Morning Star..
Sun taught Mistaken Morning Star his own special dance, the Sun Dance, and said that if the Earth people wished to honour him and bring well-being and health to their tribes they should dance the Sun Dance each year when the Sun reached its highest point.
Morning Star led his Earths Son to the path called the Wolf’s Trail, ( Milky Way) and placed upon his head a juniper wreath. In an instant Mistaken Morning Star was back on Earth and on a familiar path leading to his village.
Singing Rain was the first to greet him, he told her that Sun had released her from her vow; she was so happy that they could now at last be always be together. Mistaken Morning Star called his people together and taught them the rituals of the Sun Dance, and he showed the women how to build the Sun Dance Lodge and he taught the men how to conduct the Sweat Lodge ceremony and raise the Sun Dance pole. He taught them about their individual spirits and the nature of scared visions. He taught them from
“ that place that Indian people talk about”..