ManatakaTM American Indian Council
The Holy Mother of Manataka
Several important stories of Manataka speak of the great feminine spirit, IxChel, Mother God, Mother of the Mountain, the holy mother, the Rainbow Woman of Manataka.
It is said in prophesy that she sleeps deep in the mountain awaiting the day when the people of the four races of mankind come in peace and gather in a circle to pray and give thanks to the Creator of All Things.
In the old days, the Rainbow Woman stood high on the hot springs mountain holding an eagle feather in each hand. If any person grievously violated the peace of the Valley, Rainbow Woman dropped a single feather at the violator’s feet. In the case of an Elder, the feather was laid on his/her shoulder. That was the first warning – it would be wiser to fly away like a bird than challenge the peace of the valley. If the violator persisted then the second feather was dropped and the violator was removed along Dead Chief's trail to permanent exile -- in some cases exile from Manataka also included the violator's own tribe. Some were taken to the Place with No Name and left for dead.
This spiritual belief and other important stories about Rainbow Woman form the basis of a truth and law of Manataka that cannot be broken without consequences. The laws given at Manataka precede and supersede civil laws that govern peace at Hot Springs today.
The higher laws of Manataka predate President Woodrow Wilson who signed the act creating the National Park Service in 1916. These laws are far more important than the 1832 law of Andrew Jackson who demanded the hot springs become a federal reservation. They precede Thomas Jefferson who in 1803 sent two scientist-explorers to study the magical wonders of the most sacred site in all the new territory of the Louisiana Purchase. They preceded Hernando DeSoto who attempted to find the healing crystal fountains in 1492. The law of Manataka prevailed for thousands of years and therefore claims a position of authority within the sacred site known today as Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.
This authority is specifically granted and protected under United States Constitution, laws, orders and codes; this authority is granted and protected by Father Mother God. Today, under the fair and rightful exercise of this authority, Elders of Manataka may declare indictment of individuals who grievously violate the peace of Manataka.
Another important story says that Rainbow of Woman of Manataka and Earth Mother agreed to create a Place of Peace on earth that would offer many healing medicines to people who came in faith and reverence.
The healing medicines included dozens of hot springs, each possessing different healing qualities. Each of the hot springs had its own color, smell, and weight. Alum springs were used to treat afflictions of the eyes; Iron springs cured problems with blood; Magnesium springs was good for the heart and muscles. Other springs provided relief to people with many types of illnesses. Word of the tremendous healing of the springs spread across the continent and indigenous people for thousands of years made long pilgrimages to Manataka to find the healing springs and other spiritually healing qualities of the Place of Peace.
Today, only forty-seven springs are left and a majority are capped by the United States National Park Service and funneled into a huge tank beneath Bathhouse Row that flows into a tunnel under Central Avenue (Highway 7). The springs are capped allegedly to keep pollution out of the springs and to prevent radon gas from escaping. (NPS now claims the springs were refitted and allow the gas to escape).
The healing stones of Manataka are primarily quartz crystals, but other valuable rocks included novaculite, travertine, wavellite and other types of stones that were picked up by visitors from far away lands and used in variety of ways. The healing clay was made first by the ancient Tula people and later by the Caddo and it was used by pregnant women to build their blood and used by everyone of treat afflictions of the skin. The healing plants of Manataka were especially large and potent.
In addition to the extraordinary healing properties of the natural world found at Manataka (Hot Springs National Park), spiritual healing was also prominent at the Place of Peace. The Rainbow Woman guided medicine elders in healing ceremonies and gathered the people in large circles to pray and give thanks. It is said that the Great Mystery and the Earth Mother joined with the Holy Mother of the Mountain to produce miracles that taught the Secrets of Life. The Miracles of Manataka took many forms over the course of hundreds of years and some were repeated.
One of the miracles occurred at times when the people who had gathered at the hot springs were from more than one language group and verbal communication was difficult. Small circles of elders belonging to one language group sat apart from circles of another language. Drummers and singers of different languages sat in separate circles. When all the people in the sacred valley, regardless of their language or origin, came together, held hands in a larger circle, and gave thanks in prayer, a miracle happened. They all sang the same song, using one tongue, one heart.
Like a lighting bolt coursing through the bodies of all the participants, in a flash all were given a special knowing, a Secret of Life, that not only allowed them to sing the same song as one voice, but also gave them an important lesson on living and being human.
When the people who visited Manataka returned to their homes, they shared all the beautiful and wonderful healing gifts they collected from the earth at Manataka with their friends and families. But, the one gift they held up high so all could see and understand, did not come from the earth. It was a gift of knowing, a gift from the Spirit of Manataka, from the holy mother of the mountain, a sacred piece of the Secrets of Life.
The Miracles of Manataka provided many lessons of life that allowed indigenous people to thrive and grow.
Various tribes returned to Manataka in humble ways many times over the course of thousands of years to receive further blessings of the Secrets of Life. By the grace of the Great Mystery and by the power of Holy Spirit, the Rainbow Woman held council over the sacred Place of Peace. The great Tula people remained as keepers of the sacred mountain until sometime after the war with DeSoto's Conquistadors. The rainbows over the sacred valleys of Manataka disappeared when the European settlers found the sacred springs and began selling the water. The Rainbow Woman slowly sank deep within the mountain to remain silent for the next two hundred years.
The Manataka America Indian Council® exists to preserve and protect this sacred place.
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