It Started With a Song — American Indian Style


SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE has been re-released on KindleUnlimited and I thought I’d tell you a little about the back story for this book, for it is based on a myth.

Here is the link:

Rather long link, huh?

SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE, from the Legendary Warriors Series, is based in no small degree upon the myth of a hunter and the daughters of the Star People.  The book, SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE actually starts with the hero and heroine and the legend as it is told in Native American lore.  Interestingly, I found this myth not in just one tribe — but several — and the thing is, it was told almost (but not quite) identically, tribe to tribe.  The legend I’m about to tell you is from the Shawnee.

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.  : )

Now, what does this have to do with song?  A lot, I fear.  This book, SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE, starts out with a song, and ends with a song, incorporating, also, the legend.

Now, I thought I’d leave you all a link to some Native American music.  The group is Brule’.  This is a band of the Sioux tribe.  It is extremely inspiring music, and so I’d leave you this for today.  Please enjoy.

I’ll be giving away an e-book copy of SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE today to some lucky blogger — please see the Giveaway Guidelines over to the right here for our rules that govern giveaways.

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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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15 thoughts on “It Started With a Song — American Indian Style”

  1. Since I sing all the time (even when I don’t realize I’m doing it), music is just a part of my life. I really enjoy songs/music incorporated into tales and legends!

  2. Hi Karen,

    I love the fact that you post so much about legends as well as the history of the Native Americans. Thank you for the link to the video! I enjoyed the music and the speech that was made.

    • Hi Kathryn!

      Wasn’t that beautiful. Of course I found it very moving. Very much so. Writing so much about the American Indian people, I find I fall in love with them all over again.

  3. I’m very familiar with the Brulé group who have been around about 20 some years, I think, blending Lakota themes with new age music. They have a bunch of albums they’ve released over that time for anyone interested.

    The Brulé Lakotas are one of seven branches of the Lakota. Brulé is from the French giving them the name “burnt thigh” nation, but their branch is also called “Si?há??u Oyáte” in their own language. Their main base is the Rosebud Reservation, west of the Oglala on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and they were led by Spotted Tail (or “Si?té Glešká”) who did not join Red Cloud’s or the Great Sioux Wars, being known as a statesman for peace. Their local college on their land is named Si?té Glešká for their chief.

  4. I guess I have to wait until I get back home in order to see the Youtube video. The internet connection is a bit slow where I’m now.

  5. It’s really worth looking at. I was very moved by them. My favorite is their song, Buffalo Moon. Heard it years back and it’s still one of my favorites.

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