The closeness of Native Americans to the natural world and to animal life is also illustrated by innumerable stories, including one in which the Crow woman, Pretty Shield, tells (Linderman, 1974; 118-120) how a woman found a “mouse-woman” and her babies nesting in a pouch. She spared the mouse family and later the mouse-woman warned her of an impending attack by Lakota enemies.
Pretty Shield herself stated: “I named my own children, and all of my grandchildren. My Helpers, the ants, gave me all these names. I listen to the ant-people, even to this day, and often hear them calling each other by names that are fine. I never forget them.
This respect for animals and elements of the natural world arose not only from a sense of relatedness but also from a sense of honoring the Great Spirit by honoring the world. An old Sioux man, Tatankaohitika or Brave Buffalo, recalled at age 73 (Densmore, 1918: 207-8) how he had learned that teaching:
“When I was ten years of age I looked at the land and the rivers, the sky above, and the animals around me and could not fail to realize that they were made by some great power… then I had a dread and in my dream one of these small round stones appeared to me and told me that the maker of all was Wakan tanka, and that in order to honor him I must honor his works in nature….”
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6 Thus in a strong sense Linderman shared and appreciated Pretty … accepted the “ant people” as supernatural helpers, took pride in women’s power, …
Reimagining Indians: Native Americans Through Anglo Eyes, 1880-1940
Door Sherry L. Smith
by Gary A. David
(published by Atlantis Rising, # 48, Nov./Dec. 2004 under the title “The Ant People of Orion”)
Who are the Ant People?
All across the American Southwest we find petroglyphs (rock carvings) or pictographs (rock paintings) depicting entities with spindly bodies, large eyes, and bulbous heads that sometimes project antennae. These eerie figures are frequently shown in a “prayer stance,” their elbows and knees positioned at right angles, similar to the ant’s bent legs.
[Right: Ancestral Hopi petroglyph located in northern Arizona]
Do these rock drawings represent a race of Ant People? Do they actually record ancient encounters between humans and an alien species? Are the creatures truly “alien,” like those of the 1947 UFO crash near Roswell, New Mexico? Or are they some crypto-biological anomaly native to our planet? If not, then are they merely psychological manifestations — creations of the collective unconscious? Let’s examine the evidence.