By Gale Courey Toensing
“Your life will be soon be (sic) changed for the better, say scholars studying the long-lost final writings of two Native American elders,” reporter Alan Burgroft says in his lead sentence. Burgroft goes on to tell the fantastic tale of an alleged prophet, a “Brule Sioux veteran and wise man named Follows Bear” who passed away at a Christian mission outside Minot, South Dakota in 1953. As he was dying, his nephew, a college student wrote down Follows Bear’s last words and, following the elder’s instructions, placed the notes inside a small iron box inside an elm tree growing near his uncle’s grave.
These Indian predictions" appear regularly in the tabloids. Here's a previous note about one example of them: "100 Secret Indian Prophecies."
The image of a chief in warpaint is stereotypical, of course. As is the notion that Indians have a mystical ability to see the future. Only the first stereotype commonly appears in "Hollywood cowboy-and-Indian shoot ’em up movies."