The Lost Louis Riel Notebooks
A dog with the coloring of a painted horse barked when
they entered Robert Riel's three-story Victorian house, but it was quickly
silenced with one firm word from Robert. Behind the tamed dog a woman stood in
a long flowing robe, her hair long and golden, and her cheekbones carved out of
said Robert with a slight slur. "Meet our Métis brethren: the Robertson
twins. Joshua and Thomas." Despite his drunkenness, Thomas became all thumbs in
the face of her beauty.
this is my wife Chlöe."
Chlöe," said Josh, smooth as maple syrup.
pleasure to meet you," Thomas stumbled in a weak voice. He should have been
more embarrassed but the booze had shut down his faculty of embarrassment. But
Josh, being his identical twin, shook his head to help cover up the faux pas.
"Don't worry. He's always
been like that," he added to fill in the silence. "He turns to mush when in the
presence of striking beauty." He put his hand on Thomas's shoulder.
"He'll be okay." It was true though; profound beauty always stunned him. He was
apt to give those with symmetrical beauty the full halo effect.
beauty, yes," said Robert, taking it all in. "Interesting to see
identical twins work together like that." He gave Chlöe a kiss in the hallway.
nice to see some new faces. Come in. It's chilly tonight," she said, voice
sultry in her semi nakedness. "Would you like something to eat? Or is it drink
you're after?" It was dark in the corridor but Thomas saw her wink.
going to retire into the library, honey," said the dutiful husband.
"The nighthawk owns the
shadows, as they say," she replied.
see, we're researching the Pahana prophecy tonight. These Métis
identical twins are keen on it too." That changed her; the sleepiness left her
face and she gave them an approving look, as if they really were nobility.
turn up the heat, and then I'm going to make something to eat. You need food to
sustain you if you're going to be burrowed in that mammoth library. If not,
Robert will have it tomorrow. Right sweetheart?"
what would I do without you?" Giving her another peck, he led them to the
library. With its eerie high ceilings and spacious corridors with powder rooms
and garbage shoots and stairwells leading to rooms unknown, the carpet was worn
thin but the home had a lived-in feel that was comforting to the weariness in
his bones. He passed a portrait of Louis Riel in the hallway, an image neither
of then had ever seen before.
library was covered with a forest of books and papers and bound notebooks and
clusters of lamps and pencils and paperclips.
was expecting a small room with a few books, not a real library with ladders,"
said Thomas in sheer gratitude for the treasure that was before them. It was
clear Robert Riel was as serious as anyone about his heritage and about
researching North American prophecies.
one," said Josh, really biting into it. Like a true Métis, he was
pleased with comments showing respect.
room is a bit drafty at night so I'm stepping to the kitchen to get some
brandy. It helps keep the hearth warm." Before he left, he placed a pile of
bound journals on a big table in the middle of the room. "This will get you
started. They have marked passages all concerning the Second Coming of the
Messiah." He strolled out of the library, leaving them speechless. There was
nothing to say so they flipped through the handwritten journals of Canada's
returned with a tray of three brandy glasses and an unopened bottle.
is where I spend most of my time when I'm not out carousing, so let me welcome
you to my little sanctuary. There's no fireplace but trust me: it will warm up
nicely." He poured large glassfuls of brandy.
assume you have a basic understanding of the story of the Pahana," he
said. Thomas doesn't so he looked to Josh to reply.
"It's basically a story of
one of the Pahana twins finding a sacred tablet in the East, returning
it here to Turtle Island and saving mankind," said Josh, to establish a base.
he replied, glass in hand and wind in his sails. "But let me read this summary
to you. I wrote it after months of combing through my grandfather's notes and
needed to clarify exactly what it was that I knew." They put down the notebooks
and lifted their glasses with zealous curiosity. Robert read from some papers:
is said in the Hopi ancient records, kept by the tribe assigned to keep the
prophecies of the Red Man, that a messenger will arrive with the sacred stone
from the East bringing with him words that will heal the broken spirits of
is said that
The Book of Life will be the medicine for what ills Mother Earth during Koyaanisqatsi
- when the world is out of balance during the Seventh Stage of Man.
that this divine wisdom would come at the beginning of time before the Tower of
that tribal leaders throughout Turtle Island were charged with knowing the Hopi
Prophecies and understanding these ancient instructions.
that he who finds the Taponi Tablets will unite the four races of
that the Pahana will be of pure heart and will be given the ability to
decipher the Taponi Tablets in its full meaning.
is said that the coming of the Pahana will set the four forces of
Mesa (nature) in motion for the benefit of the sun.
is said that the Great Purification will be a time of the rising of
the Phoenix when the old world clears away the old clutter to allow for new
growth to restore the natural cycles of the planet.
is said that
the Pahana will awaken the consciousness of all good-hearted people who
will then collectively raise the sum of positive sentience affecting all
peoples around the world.
is said that
the stone tablets are the symbol of power and authority over all land and life
to protect, guard and hold in trust until the Creator returns for them.
is said the Day of Purification will come when the Blue Star
Kachina makes its appearance in the heavens.
is said that
when the elder twin brother returns with the sacred stone and places it beside
the other stone, that justice will descend on all those with a true spirit and
will be awakened."
Riel stopped reading, cleared his throat, promptly followed by a sip of brandy.
Thomas's head spins with new pieces to the puzzle, trying to process and digest
heart," said Josh. "I've thought about that and have come to the conclusion
that only those without guile have a good heart."
about the brothers? Do you have anything about the brothers, like what they
looked like or anything?"
me see here... Ah, here. Okay." He gave them a nod before speaking.
is said that the two brothers are the sons of the Creator who are consigned
by Fate to fulfill this final task of reuniting the ancient Taponi Tablets.
that after the elder brother has journeyed to the East, he is to return upon
hearing the call from his younger brother.
that the elder brother will have light skin and dark hair and dress in red, and
that he will be given the skills to decipher the tablets of its true meaning.
that he who dreams of the sacred story will be shown the way to the buried
sacred tablet that contains the healing words of the Creator.
that the elder brother will transform into the Pahana when he returns
with the sacred stone to Turtle Island, and will bring with him a new life plan
that will lead to everlasting life."
could feel Josh looking at him. He who dreams of the sacred story will be
shown the way to the buried sacred tablet. When he recalled Grandfather's
words describing the sketch as the sacred story, Thomas felt a fire burning on
his forehead where the skin had been cut. But even more than this, it was the
elder brother returning with the tablet from the East who will transform into
the Pahana. That couldn't be right. He could sense Joshua's exasperation
when he glanced at him with a solemn look. Robert Riel noticed.
story?" Josh said. "What do you know about that?"
have looked for something about the sacred story but haven't seen a thing that
refers to it explicitly. Why? What is it?"
took the sketch out of his pocket and unfolded it on the table in front of him.
morning Tommy told me of a dream he had last night and he sketched out on
paper. It has Kokopelli and a ladder going behind the sun so we brought
it to Grandfather who told us a lot more." Studying the sketch, Robert Riel's
said that he had seen this sketch before and referred to it as ‘the sacred
story.'" Face red as if fire was engulfing him, all the heat focused in the
welt on Thomas's forehead.
ladder goes to the House of God behind the sun," said the grandson of
Louis Riel. "And this star overhead could be the Blue Star Kachina that
the steps on the conduit ladder to heaven are swirls moving upwards to the sun
in what looks like a Fibinacci Sequence," added Josh, pointing at the ladder
reaching behind the sun.
where the empyrean is."
is the ‘heaven of heavens' where our ancestor spirits live."
sticks with me most from the dream was reaching out to the long straight line
and getting a shock. I actually saw a spark. I actually felt the
electricity. It was what had jolted me awake." Josh rubbed the welt on his
forehead and grinned at his brother.
idea what that could mean?" Robert Riel pulled at his moustache and poured
himself another brandy.
may sound crazy, but I'm thinking that it symbolizes the way to the tablet in
the East," said Josh.
think Tommy's dream was the telling of this sacred story. The sketch is
a story. And if you were to follow that line straight all the way, where would
you end up?" Joshua's finger followed the line coming down from the sun. "You
would go through the earth to the other side of the world to somewhere in the
Far East like China." Thomas was busy nibbling his bottom lip.
That's what I'm thinking, except not China but Tibet." Both the brothers
looked at him with eyes wide open.
they said in unison.
Tibet has a long and interesting history with many connections to the Red Man
of Turtle Island."
it the home of the Yellow Race?"
is," he replied, nodding at Josh. "Did you know that the Hopi word for love
is the Tibetan word for hate? And that the Hopi word for hate is
the Tibetan word for love? Or that the Tibetan word for sun is
the Hopi word for moon, and the Hopi word for sun is the Tibetan
word for moon?"
Josh didn't bother asking the question because he knew this man had studied.
is written that each of the four races of man originally had a sacred stone
tablet. The Black Race had their tablet in Kilamanjaro kept by the Kukuyu Tribe
but it was lost. The tablet held by the White Race was kept in Switzerland but
it was destroyed in the wars of Europe. Only the tablet kept by the Yellow Race
exists besides the one held by the Red Men in the Hopi compound where Arizona,
New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming meet." He broke off for a moment trying to focus
his recollection. "My grandfather believed that the tablet was in a monastery
somewhere in Tibet guarded by monks." He walked over to a round globe on the
table and located Tibet.
It's way up in the Himalayas, isolated from the wars of man and likely buried
in an old monastery built like a castle."
the Dalai Lama left Tibet when the Chinese invaded in 1950s," said Thomas.
The Dalai Lama would likely be aware of the prophecy but he doesn't even live
in Tibet anymore. He lives in India."
the Chinese have it?" asked Josh, refilling each glass to keep them warm
against the winds of the prairies howling at the leaded windowpanes.
I seem to recall something in one of old Louis's notebooks about possible connections
between Tibet and other areas where there is believed to be remnants of the Ten
Lost Tribes of Israel." He searched from a row of about fifty yellowed
notebooks on bookshelves that lined the wall.
Here!" He opened to a page marked with a bookmark. "He has a map in here
with some of his thoughts on the location of the tablet in Tibet. If I'm right,
I seem to recall something about northern Burma." He rubbed his moustache with
Josh grunted in a skeptical tone of voice. Robert Riel placed the open notebook
on the table, and pointed to the map where Louis had circled a monastery and
written the name of a tribe named Manashe.
says here that the Burmese tribe of Manashe is from the tribe of
Manasseh, one of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. These mountain people call
themselves Lusi, which means the Ten Tribe. Lu means tribe,
and Si means ten." Thomas could see a red line pointing overland
to an area wedged between northern India and southwestern China in the
mountains of northern Burma.
yeah, I remember now," said Robert Riel. "This is eerie. The Hopi Indians have
something they call a Kachin Doll, similar to the Blue Star Kachina.
So my grandfather looked up the words:
Kachin of Tibeto-Burmese origin;
the lingua franca of Burma; the language of the Chingpaw people; and the
language of the Tibetans.
Kachina a deified ancestral spirit
believed among Hopis, [from Hopi qacina supernatural].
"What he found was that there
is a Kachin State in northern Burma and Kachin peoples. He thought
they may be part of this Manashe tribe and connected in some way to the
connection to northern Burma?" said Josh. "It's reaching a bit don't you
think?" But despite it's obvious unlikeliness, something about northern Burma
tweaked Thomas's curiosity. There were too many connections to simply discount.
not that far-fetched when you think about it," said Robert Riel as a rebuttal.
"There are two theories about the origin of Native American Indians. Either
they came in boats from Jerusalem after the Diaspora in 683BC as part of the
Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, as the Mormons believe, and are descendents of the
Lammanites and Nephites. Or they came from Asia via the Bering land bridge. But
to me the Red Man doesn't look at all Chinese - their noses are too long
and aquiline and they're simply so much bigger."
Bering Strait Theory has fallen into disrepute after finding Kennewick Man in
Washington State. It's pretty much been debunked."
they could be from a root of the remnants from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel
that landed in the area of northern Burma and northern India. Who knows?
Records have been lost and peoples displaced, but maybe Kachins still
have a resemblance to Indians here?" I'm still busy biting my lip.
That's really quite a coincidence," said Thomas. "It even sounds like Manasseh.
And it happens to be the one tribe of the Ten Lost Tribes of
Israel most associated with the settlement of the United States. The emblem on
their shields according to the Bible was olive branches." All three of them
were now shaking their heads in disbelief. It was Robert Riel who offers a
the most sacred mission of the Métis: bringing the sacred Taponi
Tablet back from the East to heal the hearts of man that have been led
to fulfill the prophecy of the Second Coming of the Messiah," said Josh.
Thomas raised his glass, feeling a new bond develop, not just between he and
Josh but also with the grandson of the man who was the first leader of the
Red-and-White Man in history.