Crop Circles, Aliens & the Native American Myth


Strange title, eh?  Or maybe not.  My latest book, THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR is based on a myth that is common throughout the American Indian myths — tribe to tribe.  The story of the Thunderer.

But there’s another myth that caught my interest early on — and it is the one I thought I’d discuss with you today.  At the time I came upon this myth, I knew nothing about crop circles — had never heard of them — but this myth in the Americas brings these things so closely to mind.

One of my books, SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE is based in no small degree upon this myth, and the book actually starts with the hero and heroine and the myth.  Interestingly, I found this myth not in just one tribe — but several — and the thing is, it was told almost (but not quite) identically.  The myth I’m about to tell you is from the Shawnee.stortell[1]

I believe that the name of the hero (it’s from a children’s book that I’m quoting) is Red Hawk, and the name of the book is RED HAWK AND THE SKY SISTERS by Gloria Dominic and Charles Reasoner.  Again, this legend is repeated in several different tribes — although the hero’s name is often different.

Red Hawk is a great hunter.  But he is puzzled because he sees the same thing in the prairie each time he goes to hunt.  It is a circle — a perfect circle — but there are no paths leading up to it — or going away from it.  There is evidence that something was there and made the circle — but how?  Red Hawk decides to spend the night, hiding himself from view.

51GoIbPuXOL._SL110_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-sm,TopRight,10,-13_OU01_[1]And so he does.  He discovers by hiding himself, that a basket gently falls to the earth and that there is singing from feminine voices.  As the basket comes to land softly on the earth, the sisters alight from the basket and dance around it in a circle.  Red Hawk watches this for many nights until one night he falls in love with one of the sisters — the youngest I believe.  And so, once again hiding himself, he waits until the sisters are about to get into the basket and go back into the sky — but suddenly he jumps out from his hiding place and captures the woman of his heart.

They marry and are happy, but she misses her home in the sky (she is a star).  They have a  child and she wishes to take the child and return to visit her home in the sky.  Our hero lets her go, but keeps the child with him, hoping that the child will be enough to cause her to return.  When she doesn’t return, our hero again captures her, and she falls in love with him all over and they live happily ever after.

th[1]I did find that the ending varies a bit from tribe to tribe, and I’m uncertain of how this book ends the story — I have this book, but of course, needing to find it for this post, the book eludes me.  : ) 

So what does this have to do with crop circles and aliens.  Well, I found it very interesting that crop circles seem similar and are also tied to aliens — here’s a link, if you’ve never heard of crop circles:

flower[1]Here is a picture of an actual crop circle — where the crops have been bent back without any footprints to or from the circle.   They are usually made at night — and made within one night.

Although attributed to more modern times, it’s interesting to me that our legend goes back centuries — to come to us today — to perhaps make the crop circle even more mysterious.

AngelAndTheWarrior-The-CoverHope you’ve enjoyed the post today.  And I hope I’ve created some interest in the American Indian myth. 

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KAREN KAY aka GEN BAILEY is the multi-published author of American Indian Historical Romances. She has written for such prestigious publishers as AVON/HarperCollins, Berkley/Penguin/Putnam and Samhain Publishing. KAREN KAY’S great grandmother was Choctaw Indian and Kay is honored to be able to write about the American Indian Culture.
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17 thoughts on “Crop Circles, Aliens & the Native American Myth”

  1. I love these stories, Karen.
    I can’t read it without smiling. The notion that crop circles are nothing new!!!

    We think we’ve invented everything don’t we?

  2. Wow I love this so much! Im not big into aliens and such. I love your view on that story about the Native Americans and the stars. that makes my heart happy, knowing that the idea of crop circles is something beautiful and not something is meant to be scary.

  3. Oh, Cori, what a beautiful thing to say. I love that story about it also. It’s a beautiful story with a happy ending — and yes, the crop circle stories are a little strange. Nice to know that they’ve been around, and observed here in America, for a long, long time.

  4. Love these stories. “Cowboys and Aliens” movie! There weren’t any crop circles, in that, though. I didn’t realize the crop circles had been here in the States. Knew they were in the UK for a long time. Good story. Old legends and myths have got to have some truth basis–somewhere–don’t you think?

  5. Thanks for sharing this story. I remember reading about Red Hawk. I find that our Native American stories are seldom ment to scare but rather give me and probably the children they were told to a warm fuzzy feeling.

  6. Hi Mary J!

    That’s what I think — it’s so exactly like what we see today in crop circles. I just love the legend that goes with this story. So beautiful. : )

  7. Hi Connie!

    I think so too. I also think that they were designed to give lessons, also. As I watch my grandchildren growing up, I’m reminded that the American Indian didn’t physically punish their children — but if they misbehaved, they often got a “story” from an elder… : )

  8. I have seen the RED HAWK book, but never read it. Next time I see it, I will read it. It is interesting that these traditional stories have a link to a modern question. I have read about crop circles and haven’t been able to make up my mind about their origin. Some people have demonstrated how they make them, but their techniques don’t work for all the circles that have been found. It would be very difficult to make such precise patterns walking a board around a field in the dark.
    Nice to have a little bit of mystery in the world. Keeps us on our toes.

  9. I love your stories and the way you describe Indian Myths and their ways of life. I sometimes wish I lived 150-200 years ago. Maybe I could have met my ancestors one of which was a Powhatan Princess.

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