I agree with what Nicholas Wood of Sacred Hoop Magazine says below. A Rainbow Nation is a great idea, but it’s not a Native prophecy. This meme shows Fedora Poligus, a shaman from Siberia, not a Native American. The origin of the “prophecy” is a 1962 book titled Warriors of the Rainbow by William Willoya and Vinson Brown. The idea of the Rainbow Nation got picked up by early environmentalists and spread. It’s a compelling and inspirational idea but it’s not a Native prophecy. We can still make the earth green again. We can still call ourselves warriors of the rainbow. But this is NOT a Native american prophecy.
Nicholas Breeze Wood writes: “Trawling through my home page this morning, to see what my friends are doing, I came across this photo several times. I think it’s a loverly idea – the Rainbow Nation – but in the spirit of accuracy I really have to comment.”
“Firstly, the photo shows Fedora Poligus, an Evenk shaman from Siberia, taken about 1910 – not a Native American. Secondly there is no Native American prophecy of the Rainbow Nation, this is an urban myth based on the ideas of a novel written by William Willoya and Vinson Brown. The idea of the Rainbow Nation got picked up by early environmentalists and spread, and there is now a fixed urban myth that it’s some wonderful, wise Native American message of hope… pandering to, and encouraging the white culture’s cultural appropriation of Native American culture and fuelling the ‘wannabie’ mind set. I think a Rainbow Nation is a great idea, but please stop saying its a ‘real, old-time Native prophecy’, because that’s absolute bollox.”
“When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the rainbow.” We can still make the earth green again. We can still call ourselves warriors of the rainbow. But this is NOT a Native american prophecy.
Wikipedia on the Legend of the Rainbow Warriors