The Warriors of the Rainbow Prophecy

The Warriors of the Rainbow Prophecy
Are the Ancient Stories of the Native Americans coming True?

One day… there would come a time, when the earth being ravaged and polluted, the forests being destroyed, the birds would fall from the air, the waters would be blackened, the fish being poisoned in the streams, and the trees would no longer be, mankind as we would know it would all but cease to exist.

This is how the ‘Rainbow prophecy’ begins, as retold by a woman of the Cree Indian nation of America over a century ago.

The Cree are one of the largest groups of the First Nations Native Americans in North America. There are over 135 bands of Cree living in Canada, with a total population of approximately 200,000 today.

The Rainbow prophecy, as it has come to be known, refers to the keepers of the legends, rituals, and other myths that will be needed when the time comes to restore the health on Earth. It is believed that these legendary beings will return on a day of awakening when all people will unite and create a new world of justice, peace, and freedom, and they will be named the ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’. They will reteach the values and the knowledge that has been lost in time, demonstrating how to have wisdom and extra-perception, and how unity, harmony, and love is the only way forward.

Alt text hereLong ago Great Spirit came down and He gathered the peoples of this earth together.

Leaders will be Those Whose Actions Speak the Loudest

The rainbow reference relates to the different colours of the original people:

At the beginning of this cycle of time, long ago, the Great Spirit came down and He made an appearance and He gathered the peoples of this earth together, they say on an island which is now beneath the water, and He said to the human beings, “I’m going to send you to four directions and over time I’m going to change you to four colours, but I’m going to give you some teachings and you will call these the Original Teachings and when you come back together with each other you will share these so that you can live and have peace on earth, and a great civilization will come about. – Prophecy as told by Lee Brown of the Salish Tribe at the 1986 Continental Indigenous Council, Alaska

A particularly interesting part of the prophecy relates to the choosing of leaders. According to the story, a leader will not be the one that talks the loudest, boasts of successes, or has the support of the elite. Leaders will be those whose actions speak the loudest, the ones that have demonstrated wisdom and courage and have proven that they work for the benefit of all. Isn’t this how things should be?

Alt text hereElements of the Rainbow Prophecy reach across borders and oceans.

The Rainbow Prophecy among Different Nations

The Rainbow has always held special significance among the different Native American Indian Nations. It is connected to the Spirit (Supreme God/Creator) in all things. Apart from the Cree prophecy there are many prophecies and stories from the Hopi, the Zuni and the Cherokee related to the rainbow warriors.

There will come a day when people of all races, colors, and creeds will put aside their differences. They will come together in love, joining hands in unification, to heal the Earth and all Her children. They will move over the Earth like a great Whirling Rainbow, bringing peace, understanding and healing everywhere they go. Many creatures thought to be extinct or mythical will resurface at this time; the great trees that perished will return almost overnight. All living things will flourish, drawing sustenance from the breast of our Mother, the Earth.

The great spiritual Teachers who walked the Earth and taught the basics of the truths of the Whirling Rainbow Prophecy will return and walk amongst us once more, sharing their power and understanding with all. We will learn how to see and hear in a sacred manner. Men and women will be equals in the way Creator intended them to be; all children will be safe anywhere they want to go. Elders will be respected and valued for their contributions to life. Their wisdom will be sought out. The whole Human race will be called The People and there will be no more war, sickness or hunger forever. – Navajo-Hopi Prophecy of the Whirling Rainbow

Alt text hereThere will come a day when people of all races will put aside their differences.

In the time of the Seventh Fire, a New People would emerge. They would retrace their steps to find the wisdom that was left by the side of the trail long ago. Their steps would take them to the elders, who they would ask to guide them on their journey. If the New People remain strong in their quest, the sacred drum will again sound its voice. There will be an awakening of the people, and the sacred fire will again be lit. At this time, the light-skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. One road is the road of greed and technology without wisdom or respect for life. This road represents a rush to destruction. The other road is spirituality, a slower path that includes respect for all living things. If we choose the spiritual path, we can light yet another fire, an Eight Fire, and begin an extended period of Peace and healthy growth. – Grandfather William Commanda, Circle of All Nations Prophecy of the Seven Fires of the Anishnabe, From Ancient Wampum Belt

Ushering in a New Era of Peace and Prosperity

While Wikipedia would have people believe that the legend originates in a 1962 book titled ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’ by William Willoya and Vinson Brown, the reality is that the prophecy is ancient, passed down as oral history over many generations.

Brown, himself, admitted that his research came from the Hopi prophecies, and the book has been criticised as an attempt to evangelize with the Native American community by relating the prophecy of the Rainbow Warriors to the Second Coming of Christ.

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References to a new Era, a Golden Age characterised by harmony, stability, and prosperity, do not just belong to the Native Americans but can be found in myths and legends from all over the world. It is known as Chryson Genos in Greek mythology, the Satya yuga in Vedic and Hindu culture, and gullaldr in Norse mythology. One aspect that is common among many legends of the Golden era is the return of beings or gods that will aid in the restoration of the Earth.

In classical Greek mythology, the Golden Age was presided over by the leading Titan Cronus. In some version of the myth Astraea, also ruled. She lived with men until the end of the Silver Age, but in the Bronze Age, when men became violent and greedy, fled to the stars, where she appears as the constellation Virgo, holding the scales of Justice, or Libra.

Whether these prophecies are true or not, much of what is spoken about – the era of greed and violence – is a reality throughout much of the world today. Corruption, greed, poverty, consumerism, power to the few, and injustice are predominant characteristics of our civilization accompanied by a great technological advancement that has become a weapon for mass destruction and a tool for suppressing resistance. Whether beings from the past will interfere or not, one thing is for sure, life cannot continue in this way forever.

Featured Image: Selection of ‘A Plains Cree warrior and pipe stem carrier’ by Paul Kane of the Fort Pitt region, North Saskatchewan River, Saskatchewan, Canada.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Source of the Cree Legend is Lelanie Fuller Stone, a Cherokee Medicine Woman and writer, from a story told her by Grandmother as a young girl. Her full recounting of the prophecy as she remembers it can be found here.

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Stephen Lonefeather
1 year ago

This is a beautiful prophecy, one so many of us hope for. As a mix-blood Ojibwe I do feel that the Rainbow Warriors have been somewhat usurped by the current Gay community adopting our ancient symbol of the rainbow as their symbol.

Brianna Smith
1 year ago


1 year ago

Mother Earth has risen and the great spirit, creator and second coming of kryst is her. She carry the light And she is not a he.
she bares the son of kryst and is the rainbow warriors you speak of. Will the people follow and honor her elements and her teachings. Or follow the chaos of destruction or follow their heart to rise. This is up to them.
honor Her and pleas correct this proohecy. He is lucier you speak of.

Deji Aremu
2 years ago

A sun dog happened on June 23rd in Lagos, Nigeria, can that mean anything?

2 years ago

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3 years ago

From my understanding Satya Yuga is over and Kali Yuga has begun. We’re on our own, no saviors this time.

3 years ago

The rainbow people are a beautiful concept.
Interesting thought I would like to ask.
How do I show the entire human race my rainbow?

3 years ago

How can I contact Dr Lee Brown. Thanks

3 years ago

does anyone know where to look up chief poundmaker prophecies? ive watched it on VHS in 1994 july. id like to see it again and hare it. we in those days exponentially.

Heyoka Fonthunder
3 years ago

Let us pray with all our good energy:

“Oh Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds
And whose breath gives life to everyone,
Hear me.
I come to you as one of your many children;
I am weak, I am small, I need your wisdom and your strength.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever
behold the red and purple sunsets.
Make my hands respect the things you have made,
and make my ears sharp so I may hear your voice.
Make me wise, so that I may understand what you
have taught me and
The lessons you have hidden in each leaf
and each rock.
I ask for wisdom and strength,
Not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able
to fight my greatest enemy, myself.
Make me ever ready to come before you with
clean hands and a straight eye,
So as life fades away as a fading sunset,
My spirit may come to you without shame.”

– Heyoka Chief Big Mouth

Brothers and sisters is time to reunite us. I will keep praying to the four winds until I can connect us all trough a powerful dream that the lighting should show me between these 5 months.
I am nobody, I am just a channel of good deeds.
May the fire grant me the strength, the water the understanding and the wind the wisdom to help us all to reunite again with our ancestors. I am your humble child and servant mother earth.

3 years ago

Everything I have read today, is me & everything I have been writing from the heart with no sources but my dreams and sight. This hit further than home in the soul. Four years I have been writing about this ; and i never thought it could be anymore real than it already is raging inside of me. I am a rainbow warrior, I feel it & believe in everything and swear this on my own very existence. I am a true descended Native American Soul, a Master 33, Sagittarius, & Everything I have read today. Discovering this. This TRUTH has been calling me. I have written about all of this, 4 years and I am just reading about all of this;I am genuinely questioning my existence.

Cynthia Gonzales
3 years ago

I seriously hope that all the nations will cooperate to make Heaven on Earth.

Bluebirds Message
3 years ago

The time is here, the fire has been lit, do not listen to naysayers, do not let them veer you in the wrong direction, your actions will speak for themselves, religions are just guides to make you the best being you can be. All myths and fables start with roots in the ground. BB

Erica Croucher
3 years ago

For the world to be healed, we…all of humanity….MUST open our minds eyes….we MUST stop the deadly grips on what beliefs we have traditionally loved and endeared. Yes, it is hard to let go of old ways, but we must begin to think new way of coming together … all of us. We don’t need to destroy or burn down the old stories. We can honor them for how they have been in our imaginations, have giving much to life in many ways. But, we can change our ways of living together, we can find common ground….we MUST be willing to change if necessary. But, the Rainbow….it always appears when it needs too and each of us can believe what we will about it’s appearance in our lives. Heal, love, unify, change, repair.

Bern Jacqueline
4 years ago

We are all ONE SPIRIT.

fb: Garden of life, Bellingham WA

John Dorseyuplift
4 years ago

The story of the sage who taught the people of the four races and sent them out to populate the Earth and spread the word seems to correlate with the great exit from the continent of Lemuria as it sank off the coast of North America 80,000 years ago. In any event history hold secreats that we have lost the knowledge of except for the words of the great nations of color of the world. The white race, at least to me, seems to be the center of dysfunction, greed, anger and stupidity in modernity. By the way, I am white so no raceism here!

4 years ago

It’s amazing how much strength is given to people from faiths and traditions regardless of how bizarre it sounds, But yet to learn from their ancestors. Still using peace as a means of control and order. No worries, there’s no way you can be wrong in your ways. Bahaha.

Jak Plihal
4 years ago

Beautiful share.
Peaceful and inspiring cultural exchange is the way to Unity.
Keep your hearts open people — together we stand, divided we fall.

Stacy A. Westcarr
4 years ago

hello devine ones.

4 years ago

Listen , if you contain LOVE in you then you are what’s called the LAST FRONTIER aka RAINBOW WARRIORS. You also know what to do. Listen NOT to those who spread hatred , but instead hear out those who speak with no lips moving , who listen to your heart beat and cater to your soul. Time for talking in this physical realm is OVER. Actions speak to THE GREAT CREATOR only actions my loved ones. So love with no effort and let the recovery begin. Join me !!

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