Crop Circles, Aliens and The American Indian Myth


Strange title, eh?  Or maybe not.  An entire series of my books, THE LOST CLAN, is based on a myth that is common throughout the American Indian myths — tribe to tribe.  The story of the Thunderer.

I will be giving away a mass market copy and an e-book copy of the book, SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE today to two lucky bloggers.  So do come on in an leave a comment.  All rules for give-aways here at Petticoats and Pistols appy — they are linked on the home page.  When you have a moment, give them a read.  Pretty easy.

Okay, back to myths.  There is 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 American Indian 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.

The book, 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 pattern of a circle imprinted in the prairie grasses each time he goes to hunt.  It is 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.

SoaringEaglesEmbrace72LGHope 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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24 thoughts on “Crop Circles, Aliens and The American Indian Myth”

  1. I absolutely LOVE Native American romance books! I’ve never read yours. Honestly, the ones I like are hard to find. Soaring Eagle’s Embrace definitely fits the description of my interests. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. This was a good read!! I’ve watched shows on crop circles. Loved reading your blog about Indian legends!! Do any bookstores sell your book…Black Eagle? I have looked and can’t find it.

  3. Hi Gen/Karen, I’m sure you know from previous chat’s that I enjoy your books. I wish I could find them in local stores but the only way is thru ordering them, which for me is a slow process! I’d love to read about soaring eagle.

    • Hi Pamela!

      I so understand. I miss the old bookstores, too. All I can find nowadays is B & N and Books-A-Million — used to be lots more bookstores — but all of my books are online. : )

  4. I’ve heard of crop circles, but I never knew that there was an Indiam myth associated with it. That is very interesting and worth further investigation. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I really believe there is always some truth to myths. I also believe there is a lot more out there that we know anything about. I happen to believe that there were others before us.

  6. Love the Native American myth. As for crop circles and aliens, I think something like that is all over the world. What about fairy circles? People vanish for year in the land of the fairies when they step into a fairy circle (usually stones, etc…, and return. Same concerns aliens.

  7. Oh, my gosh, I didn’t know that. I remember going to an American “stonehedge” so to speak. It was a large medicine wheel on top of a 10,000 ft. mountain in Wyoming (close to the Montana borderline, also. So interesting.

  8. Crop circles have always fascinated me. Some are very intricate and it is difficult to see how they were done in one night, no matter how they are done.
    I have read several versions of this legend but never really thought much about the connection with crop circles. It is interesting how many references there are in primitive art and legend to vehicles and beings from elsewhere (i.e.. outer space). Many of the legends refer to beings from the stars, the clouds, from the rainbows. Hmm – all in the sky. Extraterrestrials visiting early cultures throughout the world. An interesting thought.

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