Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Chief White Eagle said
In 1883, Chief White Eagle was asked to speak at the Alabama State Fair. White Eagle explained the religious belief of the red man to some extent. He told them that Indians have but one church, whereas white people, even down in Oklahoma, have many churches, one on every corner and each declaring his own way the only true way, whereas the other faces eternal hell fire. White Eagle said that the Indians do not believe in hell, that people have their own hell on earth; that when an Indian does wrong it makes his heart hurt and he is sorely troubled, sometimes for a very long time, and in this way he experiences hell. That God is good and that all people, the Indians believe, eventually reach Heaven - the happy hunting ground of the red man.