Spirit Whale

Scene Description:
January 1806 – the explorers are making one of their last journeys to the ocean before returning east. Sacajawea has not yet seen the ocean. Though she tells Captain Clark, “It will be too hard not to see the Great Water after coming so far,” the deeper reason is her spiritual calling… she has to see the “Big Fish” on the shore.

Sacajawea stands on Tillamook Head looking down at the wide expanse of the magnificent beach. Her eyes scan the endless horizon, breath-taking waves crash one after the other onto the infinite shoreline. Her heart pounds when she sees enormous whales splashing and playing in the Great Water. She tears at the sight of the lifeless whale stuck in the sand… its rib cage picked clean, its bones reaching toward the sky. Sacajawea closes her eyes in awe of the majestic spirit. She prays with reverence, “Thank you, Great Father.”

great water whale beach
The actual beach where Sacajawea stood inside the ribs of the “Big Fish.”

The purpose of the whale in the screenplay, SACAJAWEA, The Windcatcher, is to show Sacajawea’s deep spiritual connection to creation and the literal world that crosses her path, both light and dark. The Spirit Whale helps her bridge the expanse of miles to the family she had to leave behind. She is able to face her true feelings and emotions from her losses, and embrace the Great Spirit’s purpose for her life. To her, seeing the whales in the water and on the beach had a much deeper meaning.

The fascinating and thought-provoking fact, as the journals tell us, the whales were swimming and breaching in the water, the beached whale truly was on the shore with its rib cage in the sand, the Clatsop Indians did tell the soldiers it was there, Sacajawea actually stood up for herself and said she had to see the Big Fish… This is not a made-up event, it is actual and Spiritual. The most astounding revelation is that we have been entrusted, through this powerful scene, with a glimpse of Creator and how he worked in Sacajawea’s life – and, how she embraced her own intuition and her true calling. It also gives us a look into the future and assures us Creator is always at work moving us toward the light.

Sacajawea made it to the Great Water, and in the film, it becomes the purpose of her life that transcends generations. It is the end of our story, but, as spirituality shows us every day, “The end… is the beginning.” Though darkness followed through history, it is from this reality that we claim the message for us today: The whale is a wisdom-holder, a keeper-of-history, and a way-shower for Sacajawea’s rebirth… and our own. ~ Spirit Wind

INTERESTING SYNERGY FACT – Sacajawea was born in Salmon, Idaho. Little did she know that the basalt rock she hiked, called Tillamook Head, was actually a tilted remnant of a basalt lava flow that had traveled down the Columbia River, 15-million-years before. And, incredibly, the flow originated in Idaho, Sacajawea’s “home.” So, as she gazed out at the great water from that 1000 foot high cliff, she was, in fact, standing on her own land. Now isn’t that amazing!

 

Sacred Teachings

Scene Description:
From the moment Sacajawea’s story begins, an eagle leads…  He watches her, alone in a small tipi at the edge of the mountains. He follows her path when she is stolen away and made a slave. He is there when she finds a way home to her people. He guides her to them and gives her strength through great heartache when she cannot stay. He waits for her to come to him, and brings her to another soul — a soul who needs her love. And, when she finally reaches the Great Water and her destiny is revealed, the eagle rests, watching from a tall evergreen tree… carrying her prayers of Love on its wings.

eagle through the tipi
Sacajawea sees the eagle through the smokey tipi hole.

Final Thoughts:
In the screenplay, SACAJAWEA, The Windcatcher, we see powerful metaphors and deeper meanings that give us something to see, “if” we will see. Life does not appear to give us “light” all the time, yet light is never gone. As a very young child, Sacajawea did not know the eagle traveled with her, nor did she understand his teachings. But, as she grew into a young woman, on her moon time journey, she prayed for Creator to guide her way… not knowing the harrowing path that was ahead. But, the teachings from her people kept her grounded and focused. She believed and trusted in her guide, her teacher, that led her to Love. Love for all and love for self – a balancing of the human being and the human soul. ~ Spirit Wind