This story begins at a time when the Universe became aware that all of the people known as the Mashodack Tribe went to sleep. Legend tells us that when their language was no longer spoken and the echo of their songs ceased to be carried on the wind that the collective memory of the northern people was erased from the face of the Earth.
The Universe missed the chatter of the Mashodack women, the laughter of the Mashodack children, the storytelling of the Mashodack men; and the distinctive melodies of the sacred songs that were once sung by all of the Mashodack Tribe.
The Universe grieved over the loss of viewing the many comforting domestic scenes. The Universe could not remember what had happened to the beloved Mashodack people. This lack of memory caused the Universe to ponder the reason for their disappearance. The Universe especially missed looking down upon the Earth to view the fires that once were lit across the ridge path of Mashodack Mountain. For now there was only a black and empty space smeared across the landscape where once lived the people of quartz and shale; water and ice. The Mashodack Tribe had been the Universes’ fire keepers for the sacred Hill of Fire.
Under the auspices of seeking answers, the Universe instructed the Star Nation to send three spirit-beings to Earth to wake them up; and if that were not possible, to find answers as to their whereabouts.
The Star Nation asked if any Celestial Beings were of the mind to be chosen for the Universe’s onus. But the season of happiness and contentment had previously swept across the Star Nation and none of the Celestial Beings sought a change in state; and none came forward to claim the quest. The Universe sensed the reason for this complacency and decided to send a whirlwind to scramble and spin waves of discontent throughout the celestial canopy.
The Celestial Mother cried; “ENOUGH!!! I will go! And I will take two of my beloved children with me!” Upon hearing her edict the Star Nation dwellers cried out. “No! No! Not our Mother!”
The Celestial Mother looked around her perimeter and spoke these words; “Am I not the Mother of all beings?” With that said, the Celestial Mother disguised as a female human, dressed herself in a garment made from the hide of a buffalo. Before departing the Star Nation, the Celestial Mother transfigured one moon and one star into human beings. The Celestial Mother then proceeded to take the hand of her gentlest daughter; and the hand of her wisest son; traveling side-by-side to Earth. Thus, begins the mythic story of The Thunderclouds of Mashodack Mountain.