An American Indian Color Legend

An American Indian Color Legend


Color legend quoted from First People:

Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel: all claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful, the favorite.


GREEN said: "Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees, leaves - without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority."



BLUE interrupted: "You only think about the earth, but consider the sky and the sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace, you would all be nothing."



YELLOW chuckled: "You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me there would be no fun."



ORANGE started next to blow her trumpet: "I am the color of health and strength. I may be scarce, but I am precious for I serve the needs of human life. I carry the most important vitamins. Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangoes, and pawpaws. I don't hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to any of you."



RED could stand it no longer. He shouted out: "I am the ruler of all of you - I am blood - life's blood! I am the color of danger and of bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire into the blood. Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon. I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the poinsettia and the poppy."



PURPLE rose up to his full height. He was very tall and spoke with great pomp: "I am the color of royalty and power. Kings, chiefs, and bishops have always chosen me for I am the sign of authority and wisdom. People do not question me - they listen and obey."



Finally, INDIGO spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but with just as much determination: "Think of me. I am the color of silence. You hardly notice me, but without me you all become superficial. I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace."




And so the colors went on boasting, each convinced of his or her own superiority. Their quarreling became louder and louder. Suddenly there was a startling flash of bright lightening - thunder rolled and boomed. Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colors crouched down in fear, drawing close to one another for comfort

In the midst of the clamor, rain began to speak: "You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don't you know that you were each made for a special purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to me."

Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands. The rain continued: "From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of color as a reminder that you can all live in peace. The rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow."

And so, whenever a good rain washes the world, and a rainbow appears in the sky, let us remember to appreciate one another.



Inspired Patterns


Original Pattern By: mug3n

Dalia Cabilos Calvalan 6PH



Original Pattern By: Liebling

Advancing_Rust Ajajidura Ardghal Birth_of_Melamine



Original Pattern By: headnodic patterns

DRAMA L.04 Land_Ritual V.07



Original Pattern By: mostlyabsent

24_06_10_22:54 Kilim Mexico_Rave Squaw_Jigsaw



Original Pattern By: mcmp

Tonight_We_Ride Washakie Lakota American_Indian



Original Pattern By: Liebling

Flooding_Memories The_Falcon Old_Floors origin_of_love



Original Pattern By: Mothra

EnLanternment How_Many_Pyramids Rock_you! diamond_shapes

Header image compiled with an image by Josef Slotosch. Rainbow from Wikipedia.

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Thansk for the post! :o)
Caori has a group called "Something Interesting" where she has invited anyone to post about their cultures. I have done some of mine called "Colors of the American Indian".
Love the theme and the article - I would have included Ihis pattern which always makes me think of American Indians

@Wordofmouse nice! thanks for the add.
What a beautiful post. <3
Phoenixfire wrote:
Caori has a group called "Something Interesting" where she has invited anyone to post about their cultures. I have done some of mine called "Colors of the American Indian".


This is great! Thank you for sharing your heritage and making COLOURlovers that much more colorful.
love this post!!!!
Oh, I had a couple of my patterns featured on Liebling's wonderful template! How very appropriate for today. :)
Yes Wordofmouse, mcmp has made a beautiful pattern, reminds me of the southwest indians.
Great post!
What a great story put along with the colors. Wonderful idea.
I like how you put the colors around each one who was talking.. cute story but the rainbow is actually a promise that God would never flood the earth again.
me like who you put the colors into umm feelings?? think right word for that, very beautyful

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