Conquering the Native Sky
Before talking of holy things, we prepare ourselves by offerings… one will fill his pipe and hand it to the other who will light it and offer it to the sky and earth… they will smoke together…. Then will they be ready to talk.Mato-Kuwapi, 'Chased-By-Bears'
The lands foretold a change in the skies were to happen to the way of life for the Native People. The Doctrine of Discovery was the legal basis that Europeans and Americans used to lay claim to the land of the indigenous peoples they “discovered.” The blanket of the new law covered the land pushing natives into little communities and those that did not conform were killed.
Many Native Americans now lay in wait for the prophecies of the fall of the great kingdom when the new order will again possess the earth.