|Copyright: steven warnstaff (wahclella)
|Date Taken: 1998-07|
|Camera: Pentax SF1N, Pentax 500mm 4.5|
|Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds|
|Details: Tripod: Yes|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 0:49|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|To be free to cross the skies and to touch the land whenever and wherever one chooses is an ideal lifestyle and freedom that these Birds of Prey, the Osprey, nearly lost due to the use and manufacturing of pesticides by the chemical giants backed by the US Government in their research to see how many humans, birds, and animals they could eliminate before the populace's voice was heard over the rhetoric spoken in their defense in Washington. Not only DDT comes to mind, but the government's denial that an agent that kills everything in its path like Agent Orange, would not effect humans, at least not those from the same country that were issued orders for its use.|
I sat along the Columbia River's banks and watched these Osprey tend to their young for a few months off and on, and I also sat upon a rock that overlooks Wahclella Falls all the while gaining feelings for a manuscript that is a Vision Quest beckoned by a Native American youth of the Watlalla Tribe, of the Chinook Nation.
Remember the words spoken at the beginning of this note as you complete the writing titled,
“To Have Seen the Sun of Tomorrow’s Day”
“Kopa Mitlite Nanitch okoke Otelagh of Tomolla Halo Polaklie”
“My spirit has passed through the avenues of all the suns and moons that have stained the heavens above you, and my mortal spirit has now routed itself to the clutches of the Hyas Saghalie Tyee as I am now aligned with all my brothers that have chaired before our people’s council.
“I have been taken upon the Hyas Chinook’s breaths as has many a fallen leaf that had sailed across the great river and had providently begun to take seed upon the distant shore. My tutoring before the Hyas Spirits and my address before my brothers that I had crossed paths has begun a change in their awakening and recognition towards the absolution of all unceremonious charges from those that are not blessed by the gift of our phenomenal dominion.
“The Hyas Saghalie Tyee had appointed my path upon earth to save the entirety of all life that had been bore upon the Great Illahee that our brothers have been blessed to reside. Upon my reception before the Spirits of these grounds my teachings have led my peoples, you my brothers, to find the answer of your worth before the Great Spirits.
"My belief in the Hyas Spirit’s philosophies has permitted my obedience to be lain before their demands, and as I have accepted their wisdom, and have spread their words upon the paths that I have chose before all my brothers, it has allowed me to soar above our Illahee’s domains and has permitted my individuality to rise and become independent from mankind’s afflictions. Just as are the souls of the Hyas ChakChaks' as they soar beneath the heaven’s gateways and peer upon the soils that are spread incremental and magnificently beneath them.
“As each seed brings life upon our lands from all the earth's species, you, the caretakers
of our Illahee must not portend that one species is of diminutive importance to the continuation of all life forms that prosper upon the Saghalie Tyee’s kingdom.
“Our brothers must survive with all other species upon Earth’s face, and by your acceptance of their standing, life shall prosper throughout all the suns and moons that pass above your blessing upon the shore’s of the Hyas Columbia.
“Mankind shall by sheer absolution overcome all the indifferences that are sorely placed before them by those tainted toward the wishes of our Hyas Saghalie Tyee!
“We must be ready to attach our triumph to the vestiges that stand magnificently before us!
“Toward these same tracings we must be concerted given our symphony to the treasures that this Earth is blessidly adorned.
“We, as humanity, must not be found wandered upon our lands as are the fallen meteors of our heavens!
“We must be taken by our invitation upon this Great Earth as we discover the sacred grounds we encounter!
“We must not be led astray from the gravity of their burnished and most honorable paths!”
“I ask you my brothers upon my passing to the land of our High Spirits, choose your souls to be as dynamic as ours, and you shall be lodged in spirit alongside ours.
“As you are joined in your endeavours we shall all be joined through the legends that are decided by our traces upon our Illahee.
“Remember, as you emerge before the peoples that choose their stance upon our majestic lands, may their lessons be compellingly influenced by the truths that you compellingly and profoundly speak!
“We Shall Honor the Earth and the Heavens!
“We Shall Honor Mankind!”
“We Shall Honor the Spirits Bore to the Earth’s Highways!
"If you are aligned to the Hyas Saghalie Tyee’s inspirations upon the paths you follow
throughout your life, you may one day be promised to be observed crossing the heavens
as do the Hyas ChakChak!
"Your spirit on that unparalleled day shall then be seen proudly stationed upon the Saghalie Tyee’s chosen star as it glistens with your ascension before the gates of The Highest Spirit’s castle, and as you rise above your brothers, you too may be reputably accepted by the Hyas Saghalie Tyee, To Have Seen the Sun of Tomorrow's Day..."
"Kloshe Tumtum mika Chako."
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