posted on Mar, 10 2011 @ 02:02 PM
I know nothing about Choctaw cosmology, but I heard certain catchphrases in there that I've not heard from any other Native American religious folks
- only from whites in the "New Age" movement. Admittedly, I've not talked to any Choctaws on the matters, so it could be that's a function of
Choctaw thought, or it could be that he's struggling to put it into a form that New Agers can get a grasp on, using their own terminology.
His assessment of the Mayan 2012 issue is dead on from what I've been able to gather, and that does tend to lend some credence to him.
I was thoroughly intrigued by his take on abductions in NA stories. It reminded me of the Shawnee story of "The White Feather", as well as the
Shawnee origin story. The Shawnees are one of the few tribes that don't claim to have come from underground right here in North America - the story
goes that they were initially lowered down in a basket from the sky somewhere to the north and west of the Great Lakes, and migrated to the colonial
era places where the whites found them at first contact.
Anyhow, I watched the interview thinking I was going to see more of this New Age, pan-indian mishmash of drivel that is so prevalent these days, and
was surprised to see but a little taint of that. Instead I saw a man trying to put alien thoughts into words that New Agers could comprehend. If,
because of that, there is a wee bit of taint of the pan-indian religiosity that New Agers glom onto and try to appropriate, then I reckon that's just
the price of conversation. I tend towards allowing him some credence in my own mind.
The "Pan-Indian" thing really gripes me - as if there is such a thing! Each tribe has it's own beliefs. Sure, there is some commonality between
some tribes, due to tribal splits over time, and some degree of "borrowing" among neighboring tribes, but the pan-indian mishmash of all the tribal
systems is a farce, created for the most part by New Agers trying to appropriate cultures that aren't theirs, and change them into their own image,
after their own likeness. Yeah, that gets my dander up.
I mention this only so that folks know where I'm coming from, and what a step it is, to say that I lend this man some credence.