According to Ojibwe legend, long ago Gichimanidoo (the Great Spirit) was disgusted with the whole lot of the human race. The way they ran around hurting one another, destroying the earth, totally ungrateful, hateful and mean. He decided it was best for the earth if he wiped them clear off. But the animals knew there was hope for the humans and took it upon themselves to convince the Great Spirit not to kill them off. They nominated the Eagle to fly up to the Great Spirit and beg for mercy for the humans. When the Eagle reached the Gichimanidoo he humbly asked that the humans be spared. Gichimanidoo was doubtful, angry and sad. He again explained that the humans were so thoughtless and selfish, never thanking Him for the blessings He showered on them always hurting one another. The Eagle asked Gichimanidoo to give him a chance to remind the humans of all that He had done and always does for them, and of the gift they have of each other. Having great mercy Gichimanidoo agreed to let the Eagle try. He spread his wings and flew around the earth declaring to the humans what had happened and that he would forever remind them to be thankful and loving. The humans heard and respected what the Eagle had done for them. Eagles are the messengers for the Great Spirit, it became their sole responsibility to remind the human race to be ever grateful and thankful to Gichimanidoo. To this day the Eagle is that sacred reminder, so when you see him flying over head or perched along some byway, he's telling you to be ever grateful for the blessings the Great Spirit has given you and to be kind and loving to each other.
This quote came from the Anchorage Daily News regarding Lance Mackey's arrival into the Unalakeet checkpoint yesterday morning along the Iditarod Trail. I had to share it cause it made me laugh out loud. Can't you just see this? Lance pulling into town is the biggest thing to happen since last year when he did. This is a great description of what we look like around these parts:)