SHAPE SHIFTING PART XXX  (Chapter 30)
~ White Wolf 
 
Author's Note: The importance of Shape Shifters

varies within the different tribe cultures. The

following provides a  glimpse into understanding

the connection between humankind and all

animals on Earth Mother directed by Creator.
 
Chapter 29 Review

We will split up in the morning half of us will go clear open the new cave and make trails all around it as if we did live there. We will take the branches and trees we clear and drag them back to home cave and that will hide our tracks. Then if we choose we can use the plants bushes and trees to hide our true home cave. This will keep from showing we cut down bushes and trees around the home cave so it might be less obvious there is our home cave where it is. These are the directions of the plan at this time. The will and/or could change without warning. Wolf turned to Eagle and asked if she would stay with them and continue to scout the other tribe so we know when they may arrive and what kind of tricks we must use to be successful and protect our tribe and our home. Eagle gladly agreed it is an honorable thing they do in trying to make peace over war but sometimes that’s just out of our control and everything continues to change.
 
We must think like the trickster coyote. Be flexible and change to meet the need with wide open blue sky thinking, very well then. Everybody share the way of the people that wish to go to work on the new cave and those that will stay here to start preparing to hide our home cave. Enjoy this time to let the plan become part of our thoughts and actions. Tomorrow will come soon, and the other tribe will follow not long from now. This will be hard work and Creator will test our skills. We need to rest while we can, soon our work time will be before the sun rises and continue after it gets dark. He looked at Little Wolf and said; prepare to set up watch men to guard us during our sleep time. Rotate the guards often as we all need as much rest as we can get to greet this challenge with the wisdom that Creator is providing.
 
The people began to talk among themselves. Finally they have a plan to work with and change as required to make it work. Many questions of the unknown haunts Wolf as he walks off into the darkness to search the stars for some more direction and meet with Creator and our ancestor’s medicine counsel in the sky to help him understand the ways they can use their tribes shape shifting abilities to help and protect his tribe.  This day has changed almost everything, but they do have some new directions and for that they are thankful.
 
Chapter 30


The preparation continued and the days turned into nights. The time to be ready had them working under torch light by both day and night.
Wolf looked at the moon on the rise. Creator’s words replayed in his mind: The estranged tribe will be in their area by the next full moon. Right now Wolf sees almost three quarters full, that means 5-7 Morningstar’s and they must be ready.
 
Wolf and his son set out to hike from mother home cave to the new cave prepared to assess the progress and adjust the plans in accordance with their findings. It’s dark early yet the moon is providing plenty of light so they need not carry a torch. It’s better this way as they are familiar to doing this, in complete darkness anyway. They quietly sneak up to see if the posted look outs are doing their job with a watchful eye to protect the others working inside the new cave. They are close; it’s just around the curve in the game trail their walking on. They get close to the bushes and trees to try and make it to the new cave without notice. Wolf signs to his son to be careful where he steps so as not to break even a twig which would give their surprise visit away. Slowly they creep in low profile. Suddenly Wolf hears a twig snap behind him where Little Wolf is walking. He turns around fast holding up a finger to his lips, (the sign for silence), for his son had just done what he asked him to be careful and prevent. Much to his surprise arms came around to hold him tight followed by hemp made rope. He looks up to see Little Wolf was captured in the very same way right behind him. They all look around at each other and realize these are their tribes look outs, and they now recognize its Wolf and his son. All start to laugh at such a thing. Good job, Wolf complements the lookout warriors; they nod in appreciation to be recognized for their efforts and ways of stealth. Wolf is laughing still and says to Little Wolf; I thought it was you that carelessly step on and snapped the twig. Little Wolf with big eyes was moving his head side to side to sign no, but when he turned his head to one side the warrior was lifting off the rope that got caught on his throat and the warrior gave it a mighty pull thinking it was clear. Wolf and the warriors all started again, laughing even harder now as Little Wolf’s eyes were bulging out like a frog. One of the warrior said I offer you another name; we can call you “Frog Eyes”. All but Little Wolf was still laughing at such a funny name. Little Wolf says; No I do not accept that name. The rest of them asked him to consider this because it will always remind them of this time and how funny it really was. Little Wolf finally agrees but only if they keep this between themselves, and when called Frog Eyes, he might not answer, if it brings shame to him. They all agree and Wolf adds, way to be son this is good humor and that is powerful medicine which provides renewed strength with a happy feeling to continue any task. Little Wolf again agrees and confirms. Like I said; I might not answer especially in times when the women are around. They lower their laughter sound to smiles and chuckles as they continue to move towards the new cave. Wolf stops and turns around, but the two warriors are gone. Back on to watch says Wolf, they walk in silence and are serious about protecting the others and that is a very good thing. Looking at Little Wolf he says: Remember those two for this type of future quest needs.
 
They walk around the corner to come face to face with a huge bear. Frist instinct was to flee, but Wolf recognized it indeed was Bear, their Bear, a shifter in their tribe. Wolf smiles and Bear shifts back standing in human form in front of them. Now that’s what I call an amazing secondary defense; I like it, says Wolf. It served as a reminder that we all need to practice our shifting as it has been a long time since we have used these skills. Those very skills might be part of the master plan. Bear tells them; lift up the dark colored bush when you round the next curve.  It’s the way we have made to conceal the new cave entrance. Wolf looks up to see the impending light from the Morningstar slowly yet truly visible for the direction of the East is now lighter than the deep dark of the western sky. Dawn is breaking, just barely noticeable. It’s the beginning of a brand new day. He looks over at Little Wolf who is now looking up at the light getting brighter by the second. They’re now looking at each other both with smiles on their faces, they acknowledge their thoughts with a nod. Together they say the words: “Thank you Creator for a new beginning and the gift of life for one more day. We remain from this time forward, thankful with gratitude for all the gifts provided within, on, and above earth Mother. We will look for your signs to follow each moment in time. Be with us to bring the circle around and continue on with good hearts in your domain. Wopila Tonka (Thanks for all you do).”  Little Wolf by himself adds some words he has heard his Dad say so many times, reminded as he see the first bird of the day take flight in the eastern sky: “It’s coming alive.” He turns and the two of them smile a knowing smile shared between them as this could be considered a sacred moment in time. Strong memories are born in such ways, for this is the first time Wolf has heard his son say these particular words he has shared with Little Wolf since before he could even speak.
 
They continue on and around the trails corner. Suddenly they stop; the smell in the air of fresh baking flat bread has captured their minds. Both tilt their heads back to take a good deep smell. They couldn’t help by letting out a low howl towards the moon. Standing there smiling they hear both their stomachs let out a loud growl. They start laughing asking each other if they heard that inside their own bodies. Still walking forward and Wolf still laughing says yes we must have hunger and our stomachs are yelling at us that they are empty, they chuckled and agreed. Little Wolf says, I know right, my stomach seems to have a mind of its own and sometimes it makes my body run looking for a place in the bushes, Wolf smiles reaches down and pulls up a little of a sassafras bush, breaks off a piece of the root wipes it on a big leaf and hands it to Little Wolf saying here put this in your mouth and chew on it for a bit. Remember when the inside of our bodies food track feels like it’s going to turn inside out; the healing powers of this bush root. One of the many plants Creator has provided for us to heal ourselves and this one does make our insides feel better, everything is related to each other for one reason or another. I remember my Dad would bring some of this root back from a hunting trip and give it to my Mom who would peel off the root bark and say; this is where the power of this healing plant lives. With that he covers the exposed root with dirt, pats it down with his hands to allow it to live on, and they continue walking on. At that moment they saw the wide dark green bush on the mountain side raise up and Four Feathers peaked out and said; welcome come in through here. As they walked in the new  cave under the dark bush Wolf couldn’t help but admire the assembly of this hidden passage door. Wolf was amazed that he could see through it to know what is outside, yet when they were outside they could not see in. It was woven like a blanket made from the vines recognized to be the work of Four Feathers weaving pattern of the hemp plant that they use to make all their tie strings and larger ropes. It had long sticks across to give it strength, the sticks woven in and together with Four Feathers special medicine plant. The steams are strong and when pounded out on a rock turns into smaller strings that can be woven together making a thicker and stronger rope. The more strings they use the strong and thicker the rope. This is a very useful plant. Wolf has noticed that Four Feathers used the leaves from this very plant, placed in a hallowed gourd with water by the fire it warms up to drink at the end of the day and it truly does reduce the bodies aches from the day’s work and makes for peaceful sleep and good rest to be strong for more tasks the next day. He knows she carries the herb always, with many others in her medicine bag. Great job on the entrance cover, I like the way you have the outside branches woven within to not reveal anything outside but looks just like a regular bush, but different in color, easy to find if you know what you’re looking for. Four Feathers nods and said; Wopila (thanks) but I didn’t build it. I just gave the others directions of the way. Wolf says; it’s good you share and teach your knowledge to pass down the ways of this to the others so your wonderful wisdom in creations will live on.   
 
They turn around to walk inside and both have open mouths in awe of the feeling from what has been accomplished inside and around the cave. This is wonderful said Wolf.  The other women including Fore Words either stood up or walked in from their tasks; to stand in a row while Wolf and his son looked around. They are proud of what they have accomplished and Wolf sees a few of the young women whispering and smiling looking at Little Wolf.
 
Wolf says what you think; Frog Eyes? Little Wolf says nothing, like he had no ears. The young women began talking among themselves with puzzled looks on their faces and asked; who is Frog Eyes; nothing Little Wolf says; my Dad thinks he’s funny. They dismiss it for now but Wolf looks over at Four Feathers and Fore Words, both smiling big from already knowing. Wolf was thinking how fortunate they are to have the two most connected Sisters he has any memory of, right in their own tribe. They were truly sent by Creator. Be it not for them many things would have gone the wrong way. They are a blessing to behold that has yet to completely unfold. 
 
They’re all smiling and walking around looking at all the detail that has been put forth. It appears as if they have been living in this very cave all the time. Good proportionate attention deficit to redirect distraction for that’s a big part of their plan. He remembers speaking of being like the coyote, the trickster, in preparation to make things look like they really aren’t. He turns to the women and says; Wopila (thanks) for listening and using your wisdom to make this plan move in the right direction. I’m very proud of each and every one of you. The women felt his words that made their hearts swell with renewed energy and wanting to do more.
 
Wolf’s nose leads him to the back of the cave where there’s some light starting to show coming in from above. The fire is back there, where the smoke can rise up thru the opening of the back entrance. We should have one of these in Mother Cave. Wolf and Little Wolf look down at the flat bread cooking on the rocks, and a few cleaned squirrels hanging on piercing sticks over the fire, as they are cooking the smell emitting is amazing. The men’s stomach’s let out a big growl so loud all the women started laughing and Four Feather walked over and picked up a cooked flat bread then placed a piece of cooked squirrel on it handed it to Wolf and did it again for Little Wolf. They were excited and grateful. Wolf looks over at Little Wolf and said I do see the Frog Eyes, Little Wolf turns away, Wolf just smiles and the women start giggling again. Four Feathers also turned over some of the half cooked flat bread, and rotated the remaining squirrels. The men eat and it sooths the growls in their empty stomachs. They discuss; how good the, (watch out warriors), were. Wolf comments how this new cave looks better than mother home cave. He glances over at Four Feathers, who’s eyes are boring a hole into Wolf, he smiles and says; just kidding. She’s not laughing but knows he’s making funny out of all things to use as peaceful and powerful medicine, she finally smiles back.
 
After eating and talking, mostly the women on what they had done during the night; and as rightfully so, they are proud of what they have accomplished in such a short time. Wolf thanks each of them personally by holding one of their hands in two of his; slowly he walked around until he had passed on the appreciation touch of the strong connection the tribe has, loyal to each other as if it was themselves.  He says; you women have had a long night of hard work, stay in here and get some rest, where it’s cool now in this cave. The rest of the tribe will carry on working in the day to hunt and gather the things we are collecting for white winters frozen time.
 
The men went outside. Wolf stood in the center as all the men gathered. He signed for two fresh men to make watch this day, over the women to protect them while they rest, and the two on look out all night should go find some shade to rest in, but stay aware of what’s going on. Have no fear to use your bow or spear if some game as food should happen to pass by. The Deer Sisters are inside sleeping. He suggests the things that must be accomplished today; the people will make their own choice as to the quest they choose. Wolf asks all to listen well; last night Creator was talking in my dream. The point is right now we should be watching for any signs, and when the Morningstar is covered with clouds we are requested to find any open space away from anything falling and lay down on the ground. WOW, said Little Wolf, Creator is giving us a nap in the shade during the work day. Wolf clears his throat and says; Frog Eyes has jokes but he also is to be included as well. Everybody was looking around and asking who Frog Eyes was? Little Wolf looks down at the ground. Wolf says; I’m not sure why we have been asked to do this but I think it might be dangerous if we don’t. There was more but it was right at the time I woke up and it’s a little unclear; something about Mother Earth stretching her arms and making great rumbles changing all things.
Whatever the sign I will follow, at the right time I’ll spread the word by the special squawk of the King Wood pecker; pass it on so all will hear to be ready. When things are clear from danger I will call again and using a rock knock it on a tall tree. Follow the sound so we can gather and make count that all the people are okay.
 
They all split up working on their task for the day. If they see some others haven’t finished and they have; they automatically move in to speed up each process. The tribe works well together as if they are of one mind, Wolf is happy and proud.
 
Wolf is by himself; he’s gathering what berries he can find in some dried out big gourds with the top cut off. With one gourd almost filled with black and red chunk berries, of course Wolf is snacking on them as he continues to gather more. He’s staying close to the cave where the women are resting so when the time comes he can alert them to get out of the cave and be safe; just in case. He walked around a big rock and looked up to see a big patch of Choke Cherries; when he looked to the edge of the patch he saw Eagle Two Hearts sitting there on a big tree stump, that must have been struck by lightning many winters ago.  She was pruning her back feathers turned around facing away from Wolf, proud chest pushed out. At that moment he was thinking how majestic she looked and was reminded of the story when the Eagle turned into man for the Last Lakota woman to carry on the Lakota tribe. But right now he wants to sneak up and jokingly scare her. Low he puts his head down and crouches to crawl and sneak up protecting his eyes so she won’t catch a twinkle of light from his glassy eyes. Slowly he’s creeping through the bushes. Just before he got to the stump and starts to look up; he hears Eagle Two Hearts say; “Hello my dear Wolf, how are you? On the beginning of this fine day.” Busted; Wolf says how did you know? If you had my ears and eyes you would have known as I did before you even came over the hill crest and finally around that big rock. They both laughed at the truth in that. So how are you Wolf, says Eagle with a twinkle in her eye. There’s that twinkle, like magic it always shows up at a moment of true deep meaning. Wolf says: “We are working hard preparing for the estranged tribe; the time is close.” Eagle asks if there’s anything she can do to help?
 
Wolf pauses than begins to explain about the event of the day and the concerns he has for the safety of the people, and her. Wolf asks if you wouldn’t mind, could you please fly and find the other tribe to provide us information as to which way they will be coming from, what are they doing, and how long before they get here, you know just to help us be ready in time. Remember stay in flight when the clouds cover the Morningstar. She smiled and with that crouched down and made a mighty leap into the air. She flew so close right over Wolf her chest brushed the top of his head and her wings came down and slapped the sides of his face.  As she stroked her powerful and beautiful wings up and down harder and faster up she arose, turning her head back over her shoulder to say; who has Frog Eyes now?  And that’s how you surprise someone. She flew up farther and farther towards the Morningstar. Wolf nodded his head up and down smiling as she was flying out of sight he held one hand on top of his head where she and glanced off and holding up the other hand palm facing Eagle to show love and trust. He says to himself; I will find a way for that circle to connect; chuckling he returned to picking berries with a tune of happy in his heart. Wolf’s mind suddenly settled into the wonder of how did she know about the Little Wolf’s tease name of frog eyes. The thought left as fast as it came when he focused back to picking the choke cherries.
 
Wolf has almost filled one gourd with berries and another with choke cherries when he looks at the ridge line and sees some clouds in the sky coming over the surrounding mountain range. It would appear they are headed in his direction. He remembers his dream, picks up the two gourds of fruit and starts walking back to the new cave where the women are resting.
 
He didn’t tell them of what his dream was, keeping that knowledge from them would allow them to rest better. Wolf remembers his Fathers words: “Sometimes it’s not time for others to know yet, and it’s up to each person as well as Creator to use all the knowledge and wisdom they have to know when that time is. Everything has its own time and true purpose.” He looks behind him and sees the sky is half full of clouds, so he begins to hurry. Since the women don’t know of the impending event, Wolf knows it’s time they were enlightened and brought out of that cave before the unknown happens, always thinking ahead to keep the people safe.
 
He hurries down the hill making scratches on his arms from taking short cuts through the middle of the tall thorn fill berry branches. He gets to the cave entrance and sees the clouds have almost reached the Morningstar. Fore Words is sitting outside. She sees Wolf and smiling she says; “Something is coming; and good it feels not, but big it is.”
 
Wolf sets down the fruit filled gourds, tilts his head back and cups his hands on each side of his mouth to sound out the squawk of the King Wood pecker. Standing there he listens and hears the call returned and then again and again. The word is getting out and his people are preparing for something they know not what it even is. They remember they have all promised to read all the signs, and follow as directed, be it dreams from anyone of them, for he knows they are all equal so Creator will remain with them it takes equality thinking of all the people. They all have that much faith from previous major events.
 
Wolf goes inside and sees the women all standing huddled together woken sharply from the calls and commotion outside. Four Feathers is holding a spear standing in front of the rest of the women and the look on her face said don’t come any closer, which changed when she saw it was Wolf, but she still had concern of what was going on.
 
Come follow me quickly and ask no questions there is no time be right behind me, hurry, no one stays behind everybody out of the cave. Wolf holds up the weaved plants entrance wall, while all the women charged out. Wolf was giving directions, out loud, for them to hurry up and spread out away from trees and rocks. Peeking out over top the women exiting the cave he sees that Fore Words has already taken control and Four Feathers was also guiding the people. Get down and hold on to the ground they were saying. Some of the women looked at each other wonder how can they hold onto the ground when all the get is a hand full of dirt chuckling to themselves; at this time they have no fear only questions for they know not of what’s coming. Wolf Starts out of the cave after the last person has left when suddenly he stops. He heard a whimper inside the cave so he turned around going back in to investigate one more time so no one gets left behind. He hears the whimper once more and focuses in the direction of a pile of skins and furs. Pulling them back he finds one of the camp dogs (Ska) white dong, was there, and she had made babies. Perhaps the commotion had started her into delivery. Quickly he scoops them all up with the mother dog in the same fur skin and turns to run out the entrance. By this time Four Feathers had come back and was holding up the plant weaved door for Wolf to run out; what she saw happen had her smiling. Ska’s face was hanging out of the fur. Together they run to a large open spot on the ground with nothing around them. Wolf sets down the fur and it opens to reveal the dog and its new born puppies. The women came to make over them with big smiles at the wonders of birth, they pic them all up cuddling them as the precious gift of life they are. He has them all sit down and begins to tell the story about the dream, of what they are preparing for without really knowing precisely what it is. Suddenly it gets darker as the clouds now cover the Morningstar. The time has come that was foretold in his dream. Wolf makes the Squawking call once again and they hear it travel from one brave to another as its gets passed on until they barley hear it. Everybody is ready; some are holding their weapons expecting the unexpected.  The sky is fully covered with clouds now, the time must be close and all are still in wonder of what it is. Bear was doing what bear does, acting in humorous ways. He was lying on his back among the other warriors he’s been working with. He’s kicking his feet and hands as if pawing at the sky, directed at the brighter spot where the Morningstar has it glowing brighter. Joking he says; “Oh great sky; do not fall upon me for I am small and you are so big.” He reaches up with his right hand to block the bright spot from hurting his eyes. Little Wolf is following his lead and climbs up on a big rock and holds his arms up to the sky asking it to be easy on them. The warriors in this group are joking and laughing, but deep in their hearts they know Wolf has the connection and actually are holding off the stress in this manner of humor. However, they know something is coming as they too feel a strange frequency in the air that makes them feel dizzy with upset stomachs.
 
Wolf asks the women to sit still where they are and listen intensely for anything that might be coming. He looks over and sees Fore Words with her ear back on the tree root still listening deep inside Earth Mother. It’s like she knows what’s coming, but then why question what has proved so many times that she does have site of the future, hence her gifted name is Fore Words.
 
Wolf walks to the edge of a big ledge; it tapers slowly down to the dried out sand of the flat land below. Wolf is holding out his hands as if to maintain balance. He’s feeling dizzy and off center. Just then Fore Words looks up with a big smile and says; “I hear it coming fast and it is a very big thing.” Everybody is looking back and forth at each other, all with puzzled looks on their faces. Wolf gets down on all fours and quickly crawls back from the ledge that’s making his stomach do flips inside, and he feels like he’s going to throw up. It’s almost here says Four Words; as she straightened up and hugged her Sister. Wolf looks at the Sisters, huddled together when suddenly it began. 
 
First all the birds took flight from every tree around as far as they could see. How strange to see every bird jump up into the air at one time together. They have never seen such a sign. Then there was a deep rumble and Earth Mother was shaking, it felt like it dropped with a loud bang.  Everything was still for less than the blink of an eye, hardly enough time to think; was it over? Or was it only the beginning. Four Words leans over with her ear back on the root. Hold on she said, as she sat back up to hold onto her sister.
 
It came like a wave, one after the other of hard shakes and bouncing around moving in one direction then suddenly snap back from where it had moved. Everyone was bouncing up into the air and landing straight back down only from the earth’s movement they were close, but still it was in a little bit different by the length of a man, then where they were when they went up. Wolf looks up and points to a big rock tumbling down the hill but off to one side of them. Wolf looked over and saw the fear in the people’s eyes. He says hang on; we will be safe from this, we arte all following the Creators sign. Meanwhile over where Little Wolf, Bear, and some other warriors where joking and messing around; things had changed very dramatically. Little Wolf had fallen off the big rock and twisted his ankle. He looked up and asked if anyone saw where Bear went. One brave started laughing and said I don’t know but the last time I saw him he had full on shifted to the Bear he is, dropped to all fours and went running as fast as he could around the corner of that big rock, he giggled and said his big butt was really moving fast back and forth as he ran off the game trail out of site. That was the last we saw of him; his fanny moving faster than we’ve ever seen before. The warriors were laughing but concerned about Bear and the others that are spread out all over the mountain, as the shaking and Earth movement continued. 
 
Then it started again much harder this time bouncing everybody around, they couldn’t even stand up it was shaking back and forth so hard and so fast. They could see and hear; trees falling all around, the land was changing. I loud rumble was heard and the dust and dirt was flying up in the air as several more big rocks came rolling down the hills. Wolf points it out, but had to sign for the noise was too loud to hear anyone speak. “~~Move away from the path of the rolling rocks and falling trees~~” Be safe and crawl on the ground.
Mother Earth shook for a long time. Then it would stop only to start up again. Wolf looks up towards the Morningstar and gave thanks for the guidance to help protect the people. He notices the clouds are passing to open up clear skies. But they have not yet passed enough to uncover the Morningstar; he thinks that this could be the end of this event of Earth Mother stretching to change the land when suddenly again the Earth seemed to bounce along in one direction then suddenly snapping back towards the way it came; making it near impossible to stand. As fast as it started, everything stood still. Wolf looked around and snickered from the sight of the wide open eyes of everybody. Wolf says looks like we should all be called the Frog Eye Tribe! They all looked at him with a sarcastic grin, rolled their eyes and asked if anyone thought it was safe to stand up. Fore Words leaned over with her ear to that same root. She smiles and says I hear no distant rumbles, it could be over for now; she says. Fore Words is tired from the rushing around and excitement, plus her failing health, so she volunteers: “I should stay here to listen and provide early warning of any more shaking that could be coming our way. They all agree and Fore Words who grabs the plush deer skin rolled up in a ball and tossed over to her from her Sister Four Feathers with a smile on her face. She helps her spread it out next to the tree root so Fore Wards could lay down with her ear on the root. The women holding the new puppies brought them all over to Fore Words, as (Ska) the Mother dog walks slowly over and lies down cuddling up next to Fore Words, the women set the puppies down at their Mothers teats and they aggressively pushed in to get their share of nursing milk. You could see all the stress leave her body as she seemed to melt right into the ground. Fore Words felt the release of the pressure when Ska’s warm body pressed back into her stomach. The others all started walking away when suddenly scared, as fast as they could, they all turned around from hearing a loud growl, all turned quickly squatting down simultaneously for fear of something coming to attack. Four Feathers was acting like nothing had happened, but she did turn to confirm it was just her sister starting to snore. They all looked a Four Feathers; who said: “She falls into deep sleep as fast as a rock sinks in the water.” Everybody laughed and began to walk towards the cave with a smile in their hearts. Pretty sure all are thinking like Wolf, but they all really don’t know what is yet to come.
 
It’s a very good thing that Fore Words is resting she’s one of the most respected elders. Her wisdom in visions and forward thinking has helped the people more times than they can count; to know what most don’t before it happens. Wolf sounds out the King Wood Peckers call, Squawking and tapping a tree with a rock. The tapping on the tree is like the sound of the bird pecking hard on the tree wood; it resonates up the tree and the sound is magnified and spreads out all around in all directions. It’s close to the real sound but the trained ears of all the tribe knows it’s a signal sound made by man. In fact it’s the pre-designated signal to gather at the new cave to count the people insuring all are safe, and hopefully all have done as Creator said when he gave the tribe warning that it was coming.
 
Wolf looked inside the new cave and quickly turned around to let the others know it has changed. They all come up and look inside. The cave ceiling had become part of the floor. They are thankful they weren’t inside during the big shake. Four Feather’s looks right in the eyes of Wolf and thoughts of grateful gratitude were shared without saying a word.
 
They gather as planned and all have arrived, that is all but Bear. Wolf is concerned; until he hears the story of the last time he was seen, big fanny running. Wolf shakes his head smiling; he will be fine he’s on the move. He looks over and sees Four Feathers wrapping a wet skin around Little Wolf’s ankle. Wolf hadn’t even noticed his limp, but Four Feathers was right on top of it.
 
Wolf sees Bear walking up the game trail on two feet as a man, he has shifted back, must not be scared into the real Bear right now, the people are laughing mostly because all the people are accounted for and safe, with a little humor from the story of Bear running out of sight during the shaking. But even more funny was that Bear had come thru the berry patch and pulled off a branch and was eating the berries right from the branch saying ouch a few times as he bit into a thorn. Berry juice all around his mouth looked like he could be wounded but when the people saw what it was they all broke out in loud laughter.
 
Wolf holds his hands up to the sky and speaks of Creators words passed down over the years through the elders and ancestors: 
 
“There is an energy that flows through all living things. This energy provides a connection we share and use to grow wiser and stronger throughout our lives. This same energy is sent to others like a river’s current of flow, or over the air by the invisible frequencies of countless numbers long before time itself.  We continue to use this energy to widen our circles of reality and facilitate the existence of that connection with life. But remember a day will come when we must give it all back.” Little Wolf speaks up; “We are thankful for the signs to prepare for this day and have gratitude for all our people to be safe.” The Aho’s (Amens) went around the tribe with many other words of blessings and giving of thanks with deep sincerity. 
 
The people heard the dog bark and all laughed at the fact in it’s timing that (Ska) White dog was acknowledging the prayer. When they looked at the dog they saw all the new puppies still nursing and the whole tribe gathered around to check out the additions to the tribe.
 
Wolf walked away a little distance to be in the clear of the surrounding trees. He sees way out in the middle of the once flat planes. The flat land has risen up to be tall mountains, taller than any of the surrounding range, where but a few hours ago there was nothing but flat sand without many plants. He walks a little father and sees the ledge he was on before the event had fallen back away, in fact the very place he was standing was gone. The gentle slope has become so steep it’s almost straight down now as a very deep cliff. He hears the roaring sound of a massive amount water flowing. We must find what this is coming from. Looking out at the tallest of mountains he sees deep dark rich dirt that has come up from the depths of earth mother. The ground looks dark almost black and that is known as the best place for plants to grow.
 
Wolf sees Eagle Two Hearts flying up the new canyon headed his way. He raises his hand and hears the proud Eagle call. She flies up and lands on a big rock close to him. She explains the other tribe went scattering, back in the direction they came away from this place, must have thought they were walking into the shaking event. Wolf laughed. No worries about them Eagle Two Hearts says; it will be as many Suns as you have fingers and toes before they get even close to this area. Wolf is consoled as Eagle says; come on we need to explore this new land as your plans might need to be changed. Sounds about right says Wolf, everything continues to change. With that Eagle makes flight; hurry it’s amazing. Wolf yells out; is it as majestic as the sight of you flight on the wings of my friend. She spins a tumble thru the air and smiles back at Wolf and the others are all waving with anticipation this new plan of discovery might bring. Wolf remembers the death fall which he thinks Eagle might be doing in reference to. He smiles and looks forward to exploring.
 
Wolf turned around to the people and says: “Follow me. We must look around to see the many changes the shaking and stretching of Earth Mother has made to the land. It looks from here we might have some plans to change. The people looked up and saw the big tall new mountains through the trees. Everybody was amazed at Mother Earth’s strength and powers. Anxiously they gather some things for the long walk and some stayed back to start digging out the cave and maintain watch over the people’s safety. The people are excited about what they might find. Together they designated groups that set out to explore the new Earth lands changes in several different directions. Many wonder on many different things and what has become of the home cave. Wolf knows that Eagle Two Hearts will find them ahead on the trail to the new mountains, plus so much more she can see from the high flights above the land. Wolf asks if some staying back would please go check out the original home caves condition.
 
They start walking to go look off the ledge that has fallen away and become a cliff. Excitement and anticipation plus some worries are setting in as they leave to go see what they have never seen before.
 
This has been a good day, many changes and new ways to find, they are giving thanks in their minds that they all live and have butterflies in their stomachs at what they might find.
 
As the last of the clouds are clearing the skies, Wolf hears a deep rumble of thunder in a distance. All look up at the thunder they heard. Wolf hears the difference as words from Creator to his ears only: “I’m proud of the tribe. You all followed my signs, but remember this is only the beginning; more important signs to come that will be the difference between life and death of the tribe. Listen and watch with caution and care to always be safe by watching out for each other.” Wolf smiles in knowing they have been pleasing to Creator. The new exploration begin.