AMERICAN INDIAN LEGENDS
UFOS AND ABDUCTIONS
PART I -- WHAT THE STARS ARE LIKE
This is exact text. Commentary follows.
1. The description of two bright lights moving along a distant ridge is typical of many modern UFO reports.
2. The size of the objects was large. (Making a circle with outstretched
3. They had round bodies. This again is typical of many reports
of "saucer" objects seen at close proximity.
4. We do not know the meaning of "small heads stuck out like the
heads of a terrapin." Many reports describe cupolas, turrets,
or other appurtenances.
5. The were covered in fine fur or downy feathers. "By day they were
only balls of gray fur." Many reports describe a silvery or gray
metallic surface observed during daylight. The Cherokee would naturally
compare from their familiarity with flying creatures. The word "fine"
shows the sleekness of the surface.
6. "As the breeze played upon these feather showers of sparks flew out." Again, many reports show rotating lights, or other strange lighting effects. Compare with Ezekiel 1:13.
"In the midst of the living creatures there was something that looked
like burning coals of fire, like torches moving to and fro among the living
creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning."
7. The phrase "living creatures" describes the startling intelligent
movement of the objects and their behavior. Both the Cherokee and
Ezekiel use the same phrase. The Urantia Papers describe seraphic
transports as living intelligent beings.
8. The description of the objects being carried back to camp by the
hunters is an Indian interpolation. The difficulty with it is seen
in the phrase, "They kept very quiet, and no one thought of their trying
to escape." This suggests that the hunters were either within
the objects or were not allowed to leave the vicinity of the objects, and
were kept in restraint for several days. The restraint would be typical
of modern abduction reports, but there is nothing in the account to otherwise
explain this remark.
9. The subsequent behavior of the objects is further confirmation of modern reports. The statement that "They suddenly rose from the ground like balls of fire and were soon above the tree tops," repeats current descriptions in identical language.
In the next report I shall discuss one Cherokee abduction account.