Cherokee - Monster With The White Eye's
This is not a happy immigrant story, but it is a renewal story. It is not a suffering Indian story, but it does have a message of good news. In many stories of the indigenous peoples of this land, a sea turtle emerges and first soil and ground, and then vegetation, and finally animal and human life grow upon the back of the turtle. Thus this land is known as Turtle Island.
Handed down as a traditional Cherokee story from grandmother to grandchild. Similar stories are to be found other indigenous people.
The storytellers say that spirits foretold since the beginning of the people, that a monster with white eyes would cross the great eastern water. The monster would possess evil and terrifying power, and would wreak destruction in its path. The spirits of the animals and trees would wither.
Prophecy states that Mother Earth herself would be devastated and her heartbeat would become faint. The monster was said to devour the children of Turtle Island tribe by tribe, with no escape. If one did survive, its spirit would be dead since it would now be lost and have no connection to its ancestors.
Then after many generations, the Earth would begin to sing a death song due to the severity of the harsh conditions.
When this happens, the children of the people who followed the white-eyed monster to the island would look into their hearts and realize that they faced annihilation at the hands of their fathers. They would find that the spirits the original people being reborn, waiting to guide the children of the white-eyed monster.
The few keepers of the truth would emerge, becoming strong enough to overcome the power of the white-eyed monster, restoring Mother Earth back to health. The children of the tribes of Turtle Island would lead the people back to the right way. The races will live in peace, the spirit of the animals and trees would return to safety, and the monster with white eyes would fail to exist.